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Bernard Starr, Ph.D. is professor emeritus at the City University of New York where he taught developmental and educational psychology. He has written op-ed and commentary articles for the Scripps Howard News Service, United Press International, and is currently a blogger at the Huffington Post. He also hosts and produces short documentaries on active living for Phoenix Rising Television Productions, and he is the main UN representative for the Institute of Global Education. His latest book, Escape Your own Prison: Why We need Spirituality and Psychology to be Truly Free, is published by Rowman and Littlefield.

ARTICLES BY: Bernard Starr


September 5, 2019 6:00 am
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Donald Trump’s Enablers Are the True Problem

The media continues to give virtually 24-hour coverage to Donald Trump, with commentators wringing their hands over his latest cruelty or bizarre behavior. But none...

September 9, 2016 4:25 am
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What Would Jesus Say About Distortions of His Teachings?

In his New York Times op-ed column on September 4, 2016, Nicholas Kristof  asked: "What Religion Would Jesus Belong To?" A clever headline, to be sure, but Kristof...

May 25, 2016 6:55 am
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The Transformation of the Virgin Mary: How a Jewish Girl From Nazareth Became a Christian Icon

The four Gospels, Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, provide skimpy biographies of Jesus, with huge time gaps. We meet Jesus in brief citations as a newborn, a six-year-old in...

April 21, 2016 6:45 am
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Why Christians Should Celebrate Passover

The Passover holiday commemorates the exodus of Jews from slavery in Egypt. It is a celebration of freedom. On this basis alone, Christians should join...

January 6, 2016 7:22 am
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New Findings About Jews and Judaism Revealed in the New Testament (INTERVIEW)

It is well known that Christianity sprang from a Jewish context. While there may be controversy about Jesus' Judaism vs. the traditional Judaism of the...

October 28, 2015 7:04 am
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Ben Carson and the Holocaust Gun Myth

Is there no limit as to how low Republicans will stoop to defend the gun culture? On October 8, 2015, in a transparent effort to pander to...

October 15, 2015 10:58 am
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Who Was the Most Destructive Jewish ‘Messiah’? It Wasn’t Jesus

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...

July 24, 2015 11:20 am
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Art Can Inspire Faith; It Can Also Empower Destructive Ideologies

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...

May 15, 2015 1:27 pm
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Journalism Tackles ‘The Problem With Good Friday’ and an Episcopal Priest Responds

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...

April 21, 2015 12:54 pm
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How Early Christians Traded Pilate for the Jews

"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...

April 7, 2015 4:45 pm
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Picturing the Jewish Jesus: Bill O’Reilly and the National Geographic Channel Get it Right

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...

March 10, 2015 7:44 am
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Should the Swastika be Rehabilitated or Forever Damned? A Surprising Debate

When I was growing up in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, I had a friend named Billy Tracy. I admired his name since I was a fan...

February 23, 2015 2:49 pm
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Five Stages of Antisemitism in Art — From Medieval to Modern Times

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...

February 13, 2015 10:32 am
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Are You Defying God’s Will By Rejecting Measles Vaccination?

Many religious fundamentalists rationalize their rejection of measles (and other) vaccinations by claiming "We have faith in God, not man." In his February 10,...

Features

Severe Storm Flattens Sukkahs From New Jersey to Boston

A fierce wind and rainstorm wreaked havoc on sukkahs from New Jersey to Boston, leaving a path of destruction that...

Saluting One of the Last Living Heroes of Israel’s Fight for Independence

JNS.org - When Harold “Smoky” Simon grins at you, it’s hard to remember...

Sukkot: A Jewish Thanksgiving

JNS.org - Sukkot is akin to a Jewish Thanksgiving. On Thanksgiving in America, no matter their religion or background, families...

World

‘The Canary in the Coalmine of Global Hatred’: UN Special Rappo...

The UN’s Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief presented his findings on the rise of antisemitism to the...

Israel

Following Netanyahu’s Failure to Form a Government, What Comes Next?

For the first time in a decade, someone other than Benjamin Netanyahu will be asked to form a government in Israel. The 70-year-old prime minister has called two elections this year,...

Middle East

For Syrian Kurds, a Leader’s Killing Deepens Sense of US Betrayal

Kurdish politician Hevrin Khalaf spent the final months of her life building a political party that she hoped would help shape Syria's future, drawing the attention of US officials who...

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