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Author Carl Moyler’s book “On Freedom and Revolt” is reviewed by Kirkus Reviews


An academic compares the lives and works of a civil rights icon and a French humanist.


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Quote: “A study provides a useful and thought provoking synthesis of King’s and Camus’ writings. The purpose of a writer is to keep civilization from destroying itself” 

With major concerns about tyranny, injustice, war, racism, poverty, exploitation and war, the author shows how two leaders – Albert Camus and Martin Luther King, Jr. – found common grounds towards addressing these critical issues of their time and place despite their differences in terms of cultural and racial backgrounds. A humane agnostic and a seminary trained preacher, these two prominent individuals were reared and lived as personal witnesses to numerous social injustices.
 
Kirkus Reviews, on the subject of Moyler’s book, has stated that: “The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Albert Camus may seem like an odd couple for a comparative study. But to debut author Moyler, the civil rights leader and the writer best known for his philosophy of the absurd were both ‘first class role models who lived out their passions for justice and freedom” before their lives were cut short at an early age. ‘What are an agnostic and a Christian telling us to do to civilize and humanize the world for now and the future?’ he asks in a book that provides a synthesis of its subjects’ published works and seeks to “further the impact of their thought upon ongoing attempts to resolve the problems of freedom and justice.”

Moyler displays equal enthusiasm for King and Camus, stressing their heroism in the face of discrimination—King as an African American and Camus as an Algerian immigrant in France—and their devotion to nonviolence as a form of revolt. ‘Both men were in accord that neither nihilism nor violence would bring long range solutions to the spiritual, social, economic, and political problems of the world, now or in the future,’ he notes. The author, who has a doctorate in comparative literature, is comfortable discussing everything from Camus’ novels to King’s ‘Letter from Birmingham Jail.’ The author also believes some organizations are ‘implementing what Camus and King were advising us to do during the forties, fifties, and sixties.’ But Camus, the iconoclastic rebel, would surely be surprised to see the overwhelmingly conservative evangelical nonprofit Promise Keepers included among those groups.“
 
 
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On Freedom and Revolt: A Comparative Investigation
Publisher | Xulon Press
Published Date | December 29, 2011
Genre | Religion/Christian Education  
ISBN-13 | 978-1498435208
Paperback Price | $18.49
 
About the Author
 
The author, Carl E. Moyler was born in Newport News, Virginia-- one of eight children. He currently resides in Dayton, Ohio. He was a graduate of West Virginia State University in 1954 with a major in foreign languages. He holds a Master’s degree in French from Case Wester Reserve to Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. He holds a Ph.D. Comparative Literature from the Union Institute/University in Cincinnati, Ohio. He was a high school teacher of foreign languages, and a professor and an administrator at Urbana University and Wilberforce University. He is also a small business founder and president/CEO. Dr. Moyler was chosen as Alumnus of the Year in 2007 by fellow alumni of WV State University.
 


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