Sterling M. McMurrin

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Sterling McMurrin
File:Sterling M. McMurrin 14 May 1962.jpg
United States Commissioner of Education
In office
February 3, 1961 – September 8, 1962
President John F. Kennedy
Preceded by Lawrence Derthick
Succeeded by Francis Keppel
Personal details
Born (1914-01-12)January 12, 1914
Woods Cross, Utah, U.S.
Died April 6, 1996(1996-04-06) (aged 82)
St. George, Utah, U.S.
Alma mater University of California, Los Angeles
University of Utah
University of Southern California

Sterling Moss McMurrin (January 12, 1914 - April 6, 1996) was a liberal Mormon[1] theologian and Philosophy professor at the University of Utah. He served as United States Commissioner of Education in the administration of President John F. Kennedy.[2]

Biography

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McMurrin (left) with Executive Secretary of the National Education Association William G. Carr (center) and President Kennedy, 1962

Born in Woods Cross, Utah, McMurrin's family moved to Los Angeles, California in the 1920s while he was at a young age. There he attended high school and the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA), but he gained his A.B. in history and M.A. in philosophy from the University of Utah. Returning to California for doctoral studies, the University of Southern California awarded him a Ph.D. in philosophy in 1946. McMurrin also did postdoctoral studies at Columbia University, Princeton University, and Union Theological Seminary. For a time McMurrin worked for the LDS Church Educational System, first as a seminary teacher in 1937, then a teacher at Arizona State University, and Institute of Religion director at the University of Arizona.[3]

Regarding his religion, McMurrin argued that the LDS Church concealed parts of its history and had been declining in intellectual freedom. He believed that an honest study of religion would erode faith, and he personally did not believe in the historicity of the Book of Mormon. However, he remained devoted to Mormonism, despite his lack of faith and criticism from more "orthodox" church members.[3]

In McMurrin's noted career, he worked with universities, large corporations, foundations, and governmental agencies, as a teacher, an administrator, and an advisor.[4]

Works

A Critical Exposition of the Epistemological Function of Faith in the Philosophy of Augustine, Anselm and Aquinas

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  • —— (1982), Religion, Reason, and Truth: Historical Essays in the Philosophy of Religion, Salt Lake City: University of Utah Press, ISBN 0874802032<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  • —— (1992), The Tanner Lectures on Human Values: A History of the Early Years, Salt Lake City: Trustees of The Tanner Lectures on Human Values, ISBN 0874804191<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  • Tanner, Obert C.; Rogers, Lewis M.; McMurrin, Sterling M. (1990), Toward Understanding the New Testament, Salt Lake City: Signature Books, ISBN 0-941214-76-1<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  • ——; Newell, L. Jackson (1996), Matters of Conscience: Conversations with Sterling M. McMurrin on Philosophy, Education, and Religion, Salt Lake City: Signature Books, ISBN 1-56085-087-6<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  • —— (2004), Sterling M. McMurrin Lectures on Religion and Culture, Salt Lake City: Obert C. and Grace A. Tanner Humanities Center, ISBN 978-0-9742112-0-6<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

Edited volumes

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  • McMurrin, Sterling M., ed. (1971), The Conditions for Educational Equality, New York: Committee for Economic Development, ISBN 0669745006<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
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  • ——, ed. (1983), Values at War: Selected Tanner Lectures on the Nuclear Crisis, Salt Lake City: University of Utah Press, ISBN 0874802261<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  • ——, ed. (1987), Liberty, Equality, and Law: Selected Tanner Lectures on Moral Philosophy, Salt Lake City: University of Utah Press, ISBN 0874802717<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

Chapters and articles

References

  1. "Religion: Mormonism Enters a New Era, But America's biggest native faith remains a kingdom apart", Time Magazine, August 7, 1978, ...Sterling M. McMurrin, graduate dean at the University of Utah and leading Mormon liberal..."<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. "Inventory of Sterling McMurrin Papers at John F. Kennedy Presidential Library"
  3. 3.0 3.1 Original publication: Ostler, Blake (11 January 1983). Seventh East Press. Provo, Utah. pp. 5–11. Missing or empty |title= (help)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
    Reprint, with additions: McMurrin & Ostler 1984
  4. Who Was Sterling M. McMurrin? (PDF), College of Humanities, University of Utah, archived from the original (PDF) on 2012-02-25<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

Sources

Further reading

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Political offices
Preceded by
Lawrence Derthick
United States Commissioner of Education
1961–1962
Succeeded by
Francis Keppel