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Bernard Starr
Bernard Starr, Ph.D., psychologist/journalist/gerontologist, was formerly professor of developmental and educational psychology and director of a graduate program in gerontology at the City University of New York, Brooklyn College. He is founder, and for 25 years the managing editor, of the cutting edge Annual Review of Gerontology and Geriatrics (Springer Publishing Co.); also editor of the Springer Series, Adulthood and Aging and Lifestyles and Issues in Aging. For seven years he was writer, producer and host of an award winning radio commentary, The Longevity Report, on WEVD-AM Radio in NYC that was twice nominated for the Alfred I. duPont Award in Broadcast Journalism. His numerous op-ed and commentary articles on issues of an aging society for the Scripps Howard News Service have appeared in newspapers throughout the United States. He currently produces and hosts television documentaries on meaningful, active and productive living in the third age of life for Phoenix Rising Television Productions. From 2008-2010 he was president of the Association for Spirituality and Psychotherapy and is currently the main United Nations representative for the Institute of Global Education that founded the Mucherla Global School in Mucherla, India. Dr. Starr is co author of The Starr-Weiner Report on Sex and Sexuality in the Mature Years (Stein and Day and McGraw Hill; also British and German editions). His latest book, Escape Your Own Prison: Why We Need Spirituality and Psychology to be Truly Free, is published by Rowman and Littlefield.

Entries by Bernard Starr

For Bernie Sanders: A Practical Plan for Free College Education That Can Work Now!

(0) Comments | Posted November 25, 2015 | 1:01 AM


Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders proposes free tuition at public colleges and universities in his "College for All Act." Who wouldn't welcome that? For most Americans the cost of four years of college is prohibitive. It excludes capable students...

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The Election Campaigns Need Fresh Acts. Will the New Ones Make Us Laugh and Spin?

(1) Comments | Posted November 17, 2015 | 12:55 AM


The presidential candidates face a serious dilemma. With almost a year to go before the 2016 election they have repeated their scripts and mantras over and over -- and have exhausted everything they have to say.

Does anyone want to...

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The Holocaust: A Homework Assignment for Ben Carson

(0) Comments | Posted November 6, 2015 | 3:09 PM

Bielski Jewish partisans in the

Campaigning for president is no picnic. Once a person is committed to running he or she can say goodbye to a normal life. The trip to the Oval Office is a marathon of...

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A Psychologist Replays the Trials of Jesus and Paul, and Uncovers Surprising Revelations

(3) Comments | Posted November 2, 2015 | 10:54 AM

Jesus before Pilate by Antonio Ciseri--wikimedia and Paul before Festus and Agrippa by Vasily Surikov--wikiart

Jesus and Paul to Sanhedrin: "If I'm not a Jew you can stew but not pursue or sue."

I'm a psychologist, so when...

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Ben Carson Still Insists Jews Could Have Gunned Their Way out of the Holocaust

(5) Comments | Posted October 27, 2015 | 5:48 PM
The Holocaust --

Is there no limit to how low Republicans will stoop to defend the gun culture?

On October 8, 2015, in a transparent pandering to gun lovers and their lobbies, Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson made the shocking...

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Will the World Awaken? Prospects For the Sustainable Development Agenda Adopted by the United Nations

(0) Comments | Posted October 15, 2015 | 1:29 PM

Pope Francis at the UN -- photo by United Nations News Centre

Read the headlines or watch the news and you're sure to get depressed. The world is falling apart. Anger, violence, and mayhem seem the norm everywhere. And the abuse of our...

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Who Was the Most Destructive Jewish "Messiah"? It Wasn't Jesus

(86) Comments | Posted October 14, 2015 | 12:48 PM

Moses Maimonides by (Maimonides Set Requirements For Fulfilling Messianic Prophesy)

Ask Jewish people why they reject Jesus, and most will say it's because he falsely declared himself to be the Messiah. In maintaining this stance they are following...

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"Dumb and Dumber": An American Political Trademark?

(7) Comments | Posted September 15, 2015 | 6:59 PM

Image designed by Bernard Starr

Napoleon once quipped, "In politics stupidity is not a handicap." When it comes to America's current array of politicians Napoleon's observation couldn't be more apt.

While the Kurds-Quds gotcha question posed to Donald...

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Art Can Inspire Faith. It Can Also Empower Destructive Ideologies. Renaissance Art Depictions of Jesus Did Both

(28) Comments | Posted July 21, 2015 | 12:07 AM

Lament of Jesus #3 by Hugh Colmer, with permission

A June 2015 art exhibit, "The Transformative Power of Art," at the United Nations headquarters in New York City, harnessed the universal language of art to convey an important message: "Our fragile...

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Destroying Ivory to Save Elephants: Is it Working?

(0) Comments | Posted June 23, 2015 | 11:33 PM

Seized items for Times Square Ivory Crush. Photo by Bernard Starr

Our planet is facing unprecedented mass extinctions of species. And we humans are the culprits. A just released study (June 19, 2015) reveals that "477 vertebrates have gone extinct since...

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"Oh, My God:" The Laments of Jesus Echo Throughout All Religions

(260) Comments | Posted June 15, 2015 | 12:24 PM

Jesus Laments by Hugh Colmer

I've always wondered what Jesus would have said about acts perpetrated in His name. On the one hand, Christians called Jesus the Lamb of God, the Prince of Peace, and the Embodiment of Love. On the other hand,...

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Journalism Tackles 'The Problem With Good Friday,' and an Episcopal Priest Responds

(2) Comments | Posted May 14, 2015 | 10:51 AM

Ecce Homo ("Crucify Him") by Mihály Munkácsy (Source: Wikimedia Commons)

We know that journalism can impact attitudes and action. But it's rare to get concrete proof of that, as I did recently after publishing a blog post about the anti-Semitic content of...

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Passion Plays and Oratorios, 'Christ Killers,' and the Magic Trick of 'Deus Ex Machina'

(1) Comments | Posted April 20, 2015 | 5:54 PM

Jesus before Pontius Pilate (Ecce Homo) by Antonio

"Crucify him, crucify him!" shouted the multitude of Jews when Pontius Pilate asked them what he should do with Jesus.

These few harsh words, which appear in the Gospels (Mark 15:12-13; Luke 23:20-23;...

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Picturing the Jewish Jesus: Bill O'Reilly and the National Geographic Channel Get It Right.

(61) Comments | Posted March 31, 2015 | 11:51 PM

Scene from Killing Jesus

When I tuned in on March 29, 2015, for the National Geographic's film production Killing Jesus, adapted from Bill O'Reilly's book Killing Jesus, I was poised, pen in hand, to write about the return of Jesus the...

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Should the Swastika Be Rehabilitated or Forever Damned? A Surprising Debate

(16) Comments | Posted March 9, 2015 | 2:08 PM
Swastika sprayed on tombstones at the Jewish cemetery in

When I was growing up in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, New York I had a friend named Billy Tracy. I admired his name since I was a fan of the popular comic...

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Five Stages of Anti-Semitism in Art -- From Medieval to Modern Times

(1) Comments | Posted February 19, 2015 | 12:41 PM

Jesus Brought Before Caiaphas -- from Salvin Hours c 1275, British Library

Renaissance art stripped Jesus, his family and close followers of their Jewish identity. That fact can be easily verified by a tour of any Renaissance art gallery,...

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In Rejecting Measles Vaccination Are You Defying God's Will?

(4) Comments | Posted February 12, 2015 | 11:20 AM
Vaccination by

Many religious fundamentalists rationalize their rejection of measles (and other) vaccinations by claiming, "We have faith in God, not man." In his February 10, 2015, New York Times op-ed article arguing for measles vaccination, pediatrician Paul Offit writes,...

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Why We Know So Little About Moses and Jesus

(331) Comments | Posted February 3, 2015 | 5:48 PM

Pharaoh's Daughter Finding Baby Moses by Konstantin

The dearth of information about the formative influences on towering biblical figures such as Moses and Jesus has invited some skeptics to question whether they actually existed. Scriptures give sketchy incidents in...

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A New Play, Looking for Parcifal, Tackles Death -- With Humor

(0) Comments | Posted January 21, 2015 | 1:23 PM


If you heard that a play was about illness, death, and dying you would not be inclined to think comedy. But joining the two themes is possible. When done artfully, the comedic treatment can draw the audience into the maelstrom of otherwise taboo...

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Jesus: Rambo or Prince of Peace? A Commentary on 'The Crucifixion Rule Book'

(0) Comments | Posted December 23, 2014 | 1:37 PM

Christ Before Pilate by Mihály Munkácsy

The question of who killed Jesus has been debated since his crucifixion more than two thousand years ago. Judas Iscariot and Jews collectively have been singled out through most of history for the crime--and Jews...

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