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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


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,...

February 6, 2015 3:34 pm
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Why We Know So Little About Moses and Jesus

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...

December 25, 2014 1:39 am
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Was Jesus Crucified for Being a Militaristic Rebel?

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...

December 4, 2014 8:34 am
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Christian or Jewish Gospel Figures? The Answer Will Surprise You

Here (left) is the book cover of Gospel Figures in Art by Stefano Zuffi. It contains more than 300 photos of Renaissance paintings, which were inspired...

October 27, 2014 6:16 pm
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Ebola and Public Health Versus the ‘Bottom Line’

In 1347 CE the Black Death -- known as the Black Plague -- struck Europe. It swept across the continent, eventually killing more than 20...

September 8, 2014 1:12 am
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Correcting Jesus’ Image in Christian Artwork

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...

August 29, 2014 10:01 am
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Images of Jesus as Christian, Jew, Criminal, and Divine: Conception Drives Perception

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...

August 21, 2014 2:18 am
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Removing Jesus’ Jewish Identity From Artwork

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...

July 21, 2014 6:04 pm
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Responding to Bill O’Reilly: Jesus Didn’t Start a New Religion

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 Judaism...

July 14, 2014 12:44 am
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Does Conspiracy Account for the Absence of Jesus’ Jewish Identity in Renaissance Art?

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...

June 19, 2014 12:49 pm
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Jewish Jesus in Renaissance Art and the Roots of Anti-Semitism

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...

May 16, 2014 9:39 am
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Bill O’Reilly’s Killing Jesus and the Problem With the Gospels

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...

World

On Eve of Rosh Hashanah, Israel Sees Largest Wave of New Immigrants in 20 Y...

Israel has accepted almost 60,000 new immigrants over the past Jewish year, the highest number in 20 years mainly driven...

Israel

Poll: 65% of Israelis Think Country is ‘Good Place to Live’

i24 News – Nearly 65 percent of the country's population say Israel is a good place to live, while 33 percent of the respondents think the opposite, according to a...

Middle East

Iran Will Act Decisively After Biggest Protests in Years, President Says

Iran must deal decisively with protests which have swept the country after the death in custody of a woman detained by the Islamic Republic's morality police, President Ebrahim Raisi said...

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