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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

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

(15) Comments | Posted March 9, 2015 | 1:08 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 | 11:41 AM

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 | 10:20 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

(334) Comments | Posted February 3, 2015 | 4:48 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 | 12:23 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 | 12:37 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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Christian or Jewish Gospel Figures? The Answer Will Surprise You

(6) Comments | Posted December 2, 2014 | 1:00 PM


Above is the book cover of Gospel Figures in Art by Stefano Zuffi. It contains over three hundred photos of Renaissance paintings, which were inspired by the Gospels, the first four books of the New Testament. The Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke , and...

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Ebola and Public Health Versus the 'Bottom Line'

(0) Comments | Posted October 24, 2014 | 12:53 PM

In 1347 CE the Black Death -- known as the Black Plague -- struck Europe. It swept across the continent, eventually killing more than 20 million people -- one-third of the population. The Plague was terrifyingly virulent as described by the poet Giovanni Boccaccio: "People who were perfectly...

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Two Crises Cry Out for a 'Manhattan Project': Climate Change and Ebola

(5) Comments | Posted October 14, 2014 | 12:09 PM

Famed physicists at Los Alamos--

To meet the challenges of climate change and infectious diseases, we might find the best answer by revisiting a stunningly successful model: the Manhattan Project. In 1939 the United States initiated a bold and...

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Authentic and False Images of Jesus in Artworks

(0) Comments | Posted September 5, 2014 | 12:56 PM

Painter and architect Rod Borghese and I conceived a triptych consisting of three images of Jesus based on the painting Christ in a Landscape by 16th-century Dutch Renaissance artist Jan Swart van Groningen. One of the images is Van Groningen's original painting. Two others in the triptych are images that...

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Images of Jesus as Christian, Jew, Criminal, and Divine: Conception Drives Perception

(2) Comments | Posted August 21, 2014 | 12:27 PM

A few years ago I gave a talk on art, perception, and anti-Semitism to a mostly Jewish audience at an adult education program in New York City. I opened with the statement "I love Jesus" and paused while I gazed at the audience for what felt like an endless 20...

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Jewish Jesus and Identity Theft in Renaissance Art

(1) Comments | Posted August 14, 2014 | 3:04 PM

In a strong statement that challenges the historic divide between Christianity and Judaism, Pope Francis recently proclaimed, "Inside every Christian is a Jew." But if you look at Renaissance artworks that depict Jesus, you will not find any evidence of a Jew inside the Christianized Jesus -- even...

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Response to Bill O'Reilly: Jesus Didn't Start a New Religion

(0) Comments | Posted July 18, 2014 | 12:11 PM

Jesus Preaching in the Synagogue in Capernum by Maurycy Gottlieb --

Bill O'Reilly disputed the two main points of my recent HuffPost blog on his July 16 The O'Reilly Factor broadcast: My affirmation of Jesus' lifelong dedication to...

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Does Conspiracy Account for the Absence of Jesus' Jewish Identity in Renaissance Art?

(1) Comments | Posted July 10, 2014 | 3:48 PM

It is unarguable that Renaissance art erased Jesus' Jewish identity. Just walk through any museum gallery of Renaissance artworks or look at images of Renaissance paintings in books and you will see a Christian Jesus with no trace of Judaism. This, despite the fact that the Gospels tell...

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Our Oceans Are Dying: Mobilizing an Indifferent Public to Confront This Crisis

(11) Comments | Posted June 27, 2014 | 1:21 PM

I did not expect good news when I attended the reception at the Museum of Natural History on June 25th to learn about the results of the Global Ocean Commission report on the state of the world's oceans. These days, reports...

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Jewish Jesus in Renaissance Art and the Roots of Anti-Semitism

(2) Comments | Posted June 18, 2014 | 12:44 PM

The public was surprised if not shocked by the recent revelation that the mother of the late Cardinal John Joseph O'Connor, Archbishop of New York from 1984 to 2000, was Jewish. In the Jewish tradition, having a Jewish mother makes a person Jewish. What's more, Cardinal O'Connor's grandfather...

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Bill O'Reilly's Killing Jesus Illustrates the Problem With the Gospels

(204) Comments | Posted May 14, 2014 | 2:39 PM

If the irresistible temptation to fashion Jesus in one's own image persists today, nearly 2,000 years after the crucifixion, it must have been even more tempting for the gospel writers, translators, and scribes who reproduced "the words of God" to do the same.

The gospel according to Bill O'Reilly...

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The Literary Road Show: Giving Writers Feedback and Support, not Statistics and Hype

(1) Comments | Posted April 24, 2014 | 3:49 PM

After writing several articles about the merits of self-publishing, I was invited to moderate a panel on self-publishing at a prestigious annual writers' conference at Hunter College in New York City. The conference follows three days of writing workshop intensives. For the last two years my panels included...

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The Railway Man Starring Colin Firth and Nicole Kidman Will Take You on an Unforgettable Trip

(0) Comments | Posted April 11, 2014 | 5:47 PM


Soon after it opened in London in January, I attended a preview screening in New York of The Railway Man, directed by Jonathan Teplitzky and starring Colin Firth, Nicole Kidman, Stellan Skarsgård, and Hiroyuki Sanada. The film has just been released...

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Jesus and Paul Chose to Die as Dedicated Jews--According to the New Testament

(3) Comments | Posted April 8, 2014 | 4:36 PM

Christ Before Pilate by Mihaly

If you were accused of a crime punishable by death wouldn't you use your best defense? And if you believed that you didn't commit a crime and, moreover, that the accusing authority lacked jurisdiction over...

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