One of the unexpected highlights of the 2013 Interpreter Science and Mormonism Symposium was 15-minute excerpt from the little-known 1960’s church film “The Search for Truth.” With the kind permission of Brigham Young University, we are now posting this excerpt with the other symposium videos.
The excerpt featured an opening statement by President David O. McKay on the value of science and the search for truth. This was followed by perspectives on science and religion by Wernher von Braun (a prominent non-LDS researcher who has been called the “Father of Rocket Science”), Harvey Fletcher (LDS physicist and Director of Bell Labs who was known as the “Father of Stereophonic Sound”), and Henry Eyring (LDS chemist and father of President Henry B. Eyring, president of the American Chemical Society and the Association for the Advancement of Science, and winner of the Wolf Prize in Chemistry, the National Medal of Science, and the Berzelius Medal for developing the Absolute Rate Theory). A personal story from Bro. Eyring about an extended family member whose relatives tried to persuade him from studying science out of worry for his faith is contrasted with the story of his own father’s encouragement for him as he left for college: “In this Church, you don’t have to believe anything that isn’t true.”