Harvard Business School professor, Clayton Christensen, spoke at an event in Oxford last year. In his speech, Christensen, telling of his religious beliefs, explained that God has a warehouse of information He desires that we have, but the problem is we don't ask for it. Christensen's thought struck me whilst reading William Godwin's, An Enquiry Concerning Political Justice. In this book, Godwin writes:
Upon our decision in this case it depends, whether those persons act wisely who prescribe to themselves a certain discipline and are anxious to enrich their minds with science, or whether on the contrary it be better to trust every thing to the mercy of events (40).This passage expresses two separate states ubiquitous in modern society. The first is science as the catalyst for enlightened mankind. The other, trusting every thing to the mercy of events, is indicative of determinism.