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Crossroad: There are no Pilgrims on the US Supreme Court ~ A Reprise by Political Theorist Bryan W. Brickner

Protestant Reformation

“That there are no Protestants on the US Supreme Court,” opened Bryan W. Brickner,” is not an issue of religion: it’s political, that is, representational.”

In Crossroad: There are no Pilgrims on the US Supreme Court ~ A Reprise on the Bryan William Brickner Blog, the story of Graceless, John Bunyan’s protagonist in The Pilgrim’s Progress (1678), is used to raise awareness this Thanksgiving regarding Protestantism. Political theorist Bryan W. Brickner, author of The Promise Keepers (1999), highlights a court absent the teachings of the Protestant Reformation.

“To correct this problem, this absence,” Brickner clarified, “seats (justices) will have to be added to the US Supreme Court; that is why it’s political and not a religious problem. Only nine judging, with five holding sway, for more than 300 million citizens is the poignant issue; with so few justices, one then notices things like the lack of Protestants and so on.”

“Protestant pilgrimages are grace-based,” continued Brickner, “as it is the grace of the Good Lord, not acts or deeds, that define John Bunyan’s Graceless character and the Protestant Reformation.”

“Easing a burden with grace is for each individual (soul),” closed Brickner, “… that is, after one reaches the Wicket Gate and gets the help of Good-Will; that’s when Graceless got his new name ~ Christian.”

Brickner has a 1997 political science doctorate from Purdue University and is the author of several political theory books, to include Article the first of the Bill of Rights (2006) and The Book of the Is (2013); he also writes political fiction, such as the novella thereafter (2013). The Bryan William Brickner Blog is an ongoing resource for the political science of constitutions and the biological science of receptors.

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