April Book Selection: “Finding Solid Ground”

April 26, 2018 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Bay Ridge United Methodist Church


Finding Solid Ground in Politics, the Economy, and Jesus’ Teaching

by Rev. Robert Emerick, Outskirts Press, 2018

Thursday, April 26, 7pm @ Bay Ridge United Methodist Church, 7420 4th Ave., 77th St. stop, R train.

Garden gate entrance in the center of the building on 4th Ave, 2nd floor, stair chair available

Finding Solid Ground addresses the deep divisions in the United States today, and shows how the Five Principles of Jesus’ teaching can help us settle our differences in a wholesome way.

Part One contends that the ideologies that divide us—liberalism, conservatism, capitalism, socialism, and libertarianism—were inherited from our European background, and were necessary and productive in the past. But now, our devotion to them is blocking the achievement of our nation’s goals, which “we the people” established in the Preamble to our Constitution.

The Preamble’s genius is that it integrates the best ideas of each of the ideologies, and is solid ground for the U.S. because it prescribes “The Preamble Way” — fact-based, goal-directed, Preamble pragmatism.

Finding Solid Ground also documents generally unknown information on two major influences on our thinking, Adam Smith and Charles Darwin. This information corrects the false assumptions about them that violate the Preamble, and distort our politics and policies.

Part Two is a brief essay contending that the Five Principles of Jesus’ teaching resonate with the Preamble, and are solid ground for Christianity as it begins its third millennium.

Robert Emerick is Pastor of Bay Ridge United Methodist Church, and a licensed clinical social worker.