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An Interview with Sterling M. McMurrin by Blake Ostler
ARTICLES AND ESSAYS An Interview with Sterling McMurrin Editors' Note: Sterling M. McMurrin has been a leading philosopher and educator for many years. Among his publications pertaining to the philosophy of religion are Religion, Reason, and Truth (1982) and The Theological Foundations of the Mormon Religion (1965). He served as United States Commissioner of Education under President John F. Kennedy and is currently E. E. Ericksen Distinguished Professor at the University of Utah. The 7th East Press, then an independent student newspaper at Brigham Young University, published this interview on 11 January, 1983. The concluding comments on ritual and the temple were added by Ostler and McMurrin later. Some adjustment in the order of the questions and answers has been made in the interest of consolidating related comments. Paragraphing, punctuation and typographical errors have been corrected silently, when necessary. Blake Ostler, a student at BYU in the fall of 1981 when the interview was conducted, is now a law student and member of the Law Review staff at the University of Utah. He has a degree in philosophy and psychology from Brig-ham Young University. The Seventh East Press ceased publishing in the spring of 1983. Reprinted in expanded form by permission. Ostler: Let's start at the beginning. Where were you born and educated. McMurrin : I was born at Woods Cross, just north of Salt Lake City. In the twenties my family moved to Los Angeles, and I went to high school there. I started at UCLA and later came to the University of Utah, where I received an A.B. in history and an M.A. in philosophy. I received a Ph.D. in philosophy at the University of Southern California and did postdoctoral work at Columbia, Princeton, and Union Theological Seminary. O: At one time weren't you affiliated with the seminary and institute program? M: Yes. I began to teach seminary in 1937. I was also an instructor in the Religious Conference at Arizona State University and later was director of