Is it possible for the universe to expand from a very large initial size such as 10^25 metres instead of from the usual 10^-35 metres. Could the universe have a high enough temperature at 10^25 metres? Would nucleosynthesis of the elements give the right abundances? My motivation for asking this is as follows: (1) Wouldn't a large initial radius for the universe overcome the horizon problem? (2)A large initial radius would explain why the dark energy density and the baryonic matter density are so similar today. These are not unreasonable questions given that there is so little evidence for the theory of inflation.