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# According to Soren Kierkegaard, the reason to hold

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According to Soren Kierkegaard, the reason to hold religious beliefs is not that they are immediately evident to the believer, but because in the absence of certainty, a person must make what he called a 'leap of faith'.

A. the reason to hold religious beliefs is not that they are immediately evident to the believer, but because in the absence of certainty, a person must make what he called a 'leap of faith'
B. one should hold religious beliefs not because their truth is immediately evident, but because, in the absence of certainty, one must make what he called a 'leap of faith'
C. the reason for religious belief is not because their being true is immediately evident, but that in the absence of certainty, the best thing to do is make a so-called 'leap of faith'
D. one's religious belief is necessary not because the truth is immediately evident, but because in the absence of the definite knowledge of certainty, one must make what he called a 'leap of faith'
E. religious beliefs should be held not because they are immediately evident to one, but because in the absence of certainty, a 'leap of faith' must be taken by one

Originally posted by veenu08 on 27 Aug 2013, 21:18.
Last edited by pqhai on 28 Aug 2013, 00:20, edited 3 times in total.
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27 Aug 2013, 21:45
IMO B

not because.... but because is the parallel structure

Only options B, D, and E use parallelism correctly.

Option E doesn't have the meaning that Mr.Soren called it "leap of faith". Option E eliminated.

Between B and D, I go with B as it is not clear what truth is D talking about...
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27 Aug 2013, 23:16
Note: "One" is used as pronoun which means any person.

According to Soren Kierkegaard, the reason to hold religious beliefs is not that they are immediately evident to the believer, but because in the absence of certainty, a person must make what he called a 'leap of faith'.

A. the reason to hold religious beliefs is not that they are immediately evident to the believer, but because in the absence of certainty, a person must make what he called a 'leap of faith'
Wrong. Not parallel.

B. one should hold religious beliefs not because their truth is immediately evident, but because, in the absence of certainty, one must make what he called a 'leap of faith'
Correct. not because || but because; "One" is pronoun and means any person ==> "their truth" is correct.

C. the reason for religious belief is not because their being true is immediately evident, but that in the absence of certainty, the best thing to do is make a so-called 'leap of faith'
Wrong. Not parallel.

D. one's religious belief is necessary not because the truth is immediately evident, but because in the absence of the definite knowledge of certainty, one must make what he called a 'leap of faith'
Wrong. "One should hold religious belief" differs from "one's religious belief is necessary".

E. religious beliefs should be held not because they are immediately evident to one, but because in the absence of certainty, a 'leap of faith' must be taken by one
Wrong. Passive voice is not preferable. Actually, this question use double passive voices in one sentence, that's weird in GMAT.

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27 Aug 2013, 23:38
What HE refers to in option B? We can't mix different pronouns - ONE and HE.

I think HE is trying to refer to Soren Kierkegaard but isn't HE too far away to refer to Soren Kierkegaard?
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29 Jun 2017, 09:32
This doesn't seem like a very good question. I don't know how is B the correct answer when the actual statement says that "the reason...is..." and the option B says "one SHOULD...."
Where did the compulsion to hold a religious belief come from? According to the question, they're just analyzing a possible reason why people believe in religion.
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30 Jun 2017, 00:37
rekhabishop, to begin with, remember that the task on SC is to find an answer that works. B has as much claim as any other answer to be the "actual" or correct one, so we can't ask where a concept in one answer came from unless it makes no sense on its own or clearly contradicts the intended meaning we glean from looking at all five choices. In any case, A isn't talking about why people are religious, either. "The reason to hold religious beliefs" means "the reason that one should hold religious beliefs."
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30 Jun 2017, 00:38
willigetmylifeback, there is no limit on how far the pronoun can be from the noun as long as the meaning is clear. "One" is a stand-in for any person, whereas "he" can only refer to Kierkegaard, so there's no trouble.
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30 Jun 2017, 00:50
DmitryFarber wrote:
rekhabishop, to begin with, remember that the task on SC is to find an answer that works. B has as much claim as any other answer to be the "actual" or correct one, so we can't ask where a concept in one answer came from unless it makes no sense on its own or clearly contradicts the intended meaning we glean from looking at all five choices. In any case, A isn't talking about why people are religious, either. "The reason to hold religious beliefs" means "the reason that one should hold religious beliefs."

Makes sense. But, I attempted a question, yesterday, where a more (grammatically) viable answer was striked out, simply because it used stronger words, just as this option with "should" does.
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30 Jun 2017, 00:55
We can't ever get rid of an answer for using strong language. There has to be a clear issue of grammar or meaning. Do you have a link to the question &/or explanation?
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14 Dec 2017, 05:07
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do you think this is a gmat question? I cannot find any source for this question, so I highly doubt that the question is a good one to practice.
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