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How about General Relativity?

Difference is that General Relativity or the Higgs boson were in principle testable. It was just a matter waiting for the technology to catch up. There is considerable debate about whether string theory or the multiverse are testable in principle. Now whether that is true or not is way beyond my IQ, but it is a legitimate issue in science. "String theory not only makes no predictions about physical phenomena at experimentally accessible energies, it makes no precise predictions whatsoever. Even if someone were to figure out tomorrow how to build an accelerator capable of reaching the astronomically high energies at which particles are no longer supposed to appear as points, string theorists would be able to do no better than give qualitative guesses about what such a machine might show. At the moment string theory cannot be falsified by any conceivable experimental result."

As for myth and superstition, you tried to equate mathematically-derived hypotheses (such as inflation, which also is consistent with observation) to a creator (that has no mathematical nor observable basis). They simply aren't comparable.

My comparison is based solely on whether such proposals are scientifically testable.
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