Pity the poor atheist who depends on science to justify his disbelief. It must seem like a faithless spouse who steals away to spend time with a former lover. Although science has declared its marriage to atheism (or agnosticism, if you prefer), at every turn it harkens back to Genesis 1.
Surely at the beginning of the last century the romance was still fresh and exciting. Darwinism was winning over even the theologians. Astronomy was looking deep into the night sky. Geology was speaking of millions of years rather than thousands. The universe was eternal and unchanging, and fewer and fewer people paid attention to the creation myth.