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How can we be confident that God is not an emotional and desired explanation of the unknown to remove anxiety by any other means than faith? In science there is an avoidance of metaphysical explanations that can not be tested.

Answer
Science cannot disprove the existence of God.  
Science has proven beyond reasonable probability that the universe had a beginning.  So, logical cause and effect demands that the cause of the universe was outside/beyond it; nothing comes from nothing.  A powerful argument.  Some do not want to admit God since that knowledge leads logically to acknowledging God; also expressed as cognition leads to recognition. On the contrary, if humans must only imagine something that satisfies human happiness, then we are very miserable beings.  
Interesting, that some argue from the desire for the truth, the good, and the noble to the existence of the ultimate truth, good, noble [God].  For example, Thomas Aquinas [13th century]in Summa Theologiae [Summary of Theology], part 1, question 2, article 3, argues philosophically;  now Spitzer --cf. www.magis.com/research/faith and reason/6.
For faith to be rational, it must be based on some certitude [intellect].  Our faith is based on the certitude of the existence of God and the life [teaching], death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Hope these thoughts help.
As always, nice to hear from you; welcome to write again.  
Best wishes.  

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Catholic dogma, especially as related to Scripture. I have a doctorate in biblical theology [University of St. Thomas, Rome]. I do not answer questions concerning personal moral situations -- ones dealing with right and wrong [sin].

Experience

I have taught Catholic thought in grade and high schools, and in college and universities.

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Catholic Biblical Association

Publications
Catholic Biblical Quarterly, The Bible Today.

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Graduate degrees in theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University, in scripture from the Pontifical Biblical Institute, and a doctorate in theology from the Pontifical University of St. Thomas; all in Rome

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