Skidmore College receives grant for Buddhist professorship


Skidmore College, in Saratoga Springs, NY, has received a gift to establish The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Professorship in Buddhist Studies. The $300,000 grant for the new tenure-track position addresses a priority at the College as it creates a new Religion Department and seeks to strengthen its interdisciplinary Asian Studies Program. The position will be a joint appointment between the two academic units. In granting the award, the Foundation cited its longstanding interest in promoting Buddhist studies and explained that 2016 is the inaugural year in which it is offering New Professorship grants to institutions to establish teaching positions through an open, international competition. Skidmore was selected for an award from a strong pool of candidates by an international panel of distinguished scholars in Buddhist studies.


Guam Senator visits Iglesia Ni Cristo (Church Of Christ) Executive Minister

Senator Rory J. Respicio, the majority leader of Guam’s 33nd legislature, made a courtesy call to Iglesia Ni Cristo Executive Minister Brother Eduardo recently, to present the legislative resolution of Guam that recognized and congratulated the INC on its 102nd anniversary this past July 27. “The Iglesia Ni Cristo is a very resilient Church, and the Church is here to stay,” said the US senator who flew to the Philippines specifically to present to Brother Eduardo Guam’s legislative resolution no. 419-33, which he had introduced and which was supported by 14 other legislators of Guam. “The reason for this visit is to present the legislative resolution which recognizes the 102nd anniversary of the INC, and also to recognize the INC for all its contributions to the island of Guam,” he said in an interview. “I am always indebted to the Filipino people for its continued contributions (to Guam), and I’m here today to recognize the Iglesia Ni Cristo and say that the people of Guam are indebted to the positive act the Church has made to our island,” Senator Respicio explained.


New book claims the Old Testament drew extensively on Plato’s writings

Plato and the Creation of the Hebrew Bible, from academic publisher Routledge Press, proposes a provocative new theory regarding when, where and why the Old Testament was written. According to the author, Russell Gmirkin, the idea for the earliest Bible came out of Plato’s Laws, which proposed a new form of government with divinely inspired laws and a carefully approved ethical national literature.