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Haven't been around here for a long time. I hope you all masters are very well. Today I bring a new sentence completion question here. I was unable to solve it, because: 1, I don't get what the sentence says completely; 2, I couldn't find any clue word to help me pick the right answer.

So, please please do help me out. Thank you very much!

For those Puritans who believed that ---- obligations were imposed by divine will, the correct course of action was not withdrawal from the world but conscientious ---- of the duties of business.
practical ... mystification
B. inherent ... manipulation
C. secular ... discharge
D. earthly ... disavowal
E. trying ... moderation
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C, I think.

Perhaps someone else has a different opinion.
My choice is E

For those Puritans who believed that trying obligations were imposed by divine will, the correct course of action was not withdrawal from the world but conscientious moderation of the duties of business.

"For those Puritans who believed that obligations to bear were imposed by divine will, the correct course of action was not escape from doing the duties of the real world's business (as monks were doing) but being consciously moderate in performing the duties of real world's business."

paco
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I've found the answer http://www.pinkmonkey.com/studyguides/subjects/gre/test1/gt1se7p2.htm

According to the site, answer is "secular...discharge".
Yes, C. I think 'trying' is too extreme an adjective for 'obligation' to produce mere 'moderation' in the Puritan, Paco.
Hurm... Likely I have to send $0.02 to Texas.

paco
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Thanks very much, all you teachers! But I still don't get it. I do not just expect the answer, I also hope you will give me an explanation on it which is more important to me.
Thank you!

Incidentally, I've written the essay following your guidance, Mod Juleilai. Please return back to the writing board, and help me correct the essay, could you? I really need your advice.
Hello Jeff

The point is that the "discharge" here means "full execution".

The puritans believed that to do their obligations in this secular world would be in accordance to God's will. So they did not escape from the practical business things (which some churches then recommended people to do. Instead they believed what they should do was to do their best in doing the business duties.

paco
If it's any consolation, the sentence makes no sense to me. But I've never been to church so, I guess, religious texts are just gobbledegook to me. If this sentence were in an English exam, i would be very offended, since it requires quite an intimate knowledge of a specific religion as well as an extremely good grasp of English (better than mine - and I'm a native!)
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