The multiverse theory has been embraced as a defense against what Stephen Meyer calls the God Hypothesis.
Steinhardt is one of the most interesting and influential figures in cosmology. He was one of the original architects of inflationary cosmology.
The recent flutter over whether the James Webb Space Telescope’s data stream is a plus or a minus for the Big Bang raised interesting cosmological issues.
The conclusion that the universe had a beginning is far more parsimonious and consistent with the evidence.
The critics, including Ethan Siegel, appear to see Meyer much like Voldemort in the Harry Potter series.