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Why Halo Reach, Grand Theft Auto IV, and Final Fantasy are a religious experience

SPIRITUAL IQ QUIZ — Religions channel the fears and aspirations of our collective unconscious through archetypal images and stories. That’s why the religious enterprise has been so successful for such a long period of time.

And maybe it’s also why video games are the fastest-growing form of modern entertainment.

If you don’t think video games are also spiritual, you simply haven’t played very many. Video games are rooted in the same myths and archetypes that have shaped us for millennia.

The key difference: video games put the audience in the middle of the action, whether that means blasting armies of alien invaders in Halo Reach or fighting with crooks and your own conscience in Grand Theft Auto IV.

So before you put down the genre, pick up a controller. And click on the radio buttons below to test how much you really know about the spiritual side of video games . . .

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Jesus or the Easter Egg: ‘Witch’ Came First?

Jesus or the Easter Egg: ‘Witch’ Came First?

Ever wonder how bunny eggs, death and resurrection fit together?  A pagan history of  the goddess, and how the church stole Easter

President Obama and Easter bunny

BY DANNY KENNY — Ever since I was an angelic little boy, there are many reasons why I’ve always loved Easter. But I would no longer be angelic in good Irish Catholic fashion if I didn’t admit that gorging myself with sumptuous chocolate eggs after a cruel, six-week enforced abstinence (during Lent) from my first love wasn’t a huge part of that.

Even as a child I had trouble equating chocolate eggs and Easter bunnies, but when you’re in a self-induced chocolate coma, such heady thoughts soon pass.

On a deeper level — even though I grew away from my childhood addiction and religion — I still retained a different kind of deeper love for the annual celebration of renewal, faith and hope.

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Christmas a pagan holiday? Yule be surprised

Christmas a pagan holiday? Yule be surprised

Why Bill O’Reilly’s defense of Christmas is secretly un-Christian

BY DANNY KENNY — Fox News talk-show personality Bill O’Reilly thinks the Holidays just won’t be the same without The Tree, Santa, the gifts of appreciation, the mistletoe and holly, etc. These are the things he claims are threatened with extinction by the so-called ‘War on Christmas.’

But I guess he doesn’t realize that these traditions he’s apparently missing from his Irish Catholic childhood are thoroughly pagan in origin, some dating back 4,000 years. Which begs the question: So, Bill, what in the name of Jesus are Yule celebrating?

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Soul’s Code Trivia Quiz – Halloween

Test your knowledge of Halloween traditions, history and trivia with our interactive Halloween Quiz!

As Soul’s Code celebrates all souls’ spiritual traditions, we offer you a chance to test your skills upon the occasion of Samhain, a.k.a. Halloween. (Spooky ghoulish Mayan-inspired electronic musical accompaniment.)

We believe a little temptation will do you no harm, so please reward yourself with handfuls of brain-candy below, or the treat of your choice for each correct answer you hit!

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Celebrating Halloween, every witch way but true

It might be about kinky costumes or eye candy for you. For me, it’s a sacred celebration that ”tricks” sweet little kids into “treating” all witches as ”wicked” stereotypes.

DANNY KENNY — Ah, to be an Irish Pagan at Halloween and witness apparently sane, God fearing people, joyously ridiculing a sacred tradition from an ancient  land of culture.

I refer of course to Ireland, those mythical shores that gave you Shaw and so much more than “Paddy’s Day” and the “Paddy Wagon” — a racist term still sadly used openly in these so called PC days.  Let’s not forget we also gave the world literary greats like Yeats and Wilde.

We gave you the Kennedy family, U2 and even “the Greatest” grandfathers of  all; Muhammed Ali and Obama’s. And what did you choose to celebrate from our culture: Halloween and St Patrick’s Day! Both of which do neither Irish culture nor Paganism any favors.

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No (Criss) Angel and Demons

Vegas TV magician claims tarot and divination are not in the cards for him as “Mindfreak” blasts psychics

GUEST COLUMN: DANNY KENNY — In a CNN interview, Criss Sarantakos (a.k.a Angel) told Larry King, “no one has the ability, that I’m aware of, to do anything supernatural, psychic, talk to the dead. And if somebody claims to have supernatural psychic ability, I’m going to bust [him] live and on television.”

Ironically, Criss is Greek, and the word psychic also seems Greek to him (from the Greek psychikos—“of the soul, mental”) as it refers to an alleged ability to perceive information hidden from the normal senses through extrasensory perception, or to people who claim to possess such abilities.

Criss, like most great stage magicians, is a master of misdirection, so let me redirect you for a moment to one very key word in there. . .

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A tale of two Hollywood stars: David and The Pentagram

The Reader’s Oscar night has one man asking, will the Pentagram ever get the same respect as The Star of David

OPINION PIECE: DANNY KENNY — The five Oscar nominations and Kate Winslet’s Best Actress win for “The Reader” give a twist to the old cliche, “if a picture paints a thousand words.” “The Reader” uses a thousand words to paint a picture — and such moving pictures can affect the hearts and minds of millions of people all over the (Golden) Globe.

In the past, a very different kind of “Oscar” (Wilde) once declared,”Illusion is the first of all pleasures” — and as we all know, Hollywood is the Master of illusion.

So let’s take a critical look at the Oscars’ favorite Hollywood clichés. Who and what does Hollywood teach us to love and hate by using its own distorted images? Here are the first two nominees for hero and villain. (Insert your own smarmy generic Oscar Host:)

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James Hillman’s “A Therapy for Psychotherapy”

James Hillman’s “A Therapy for Psychotherapy”

The last living legend of 20th-century American psychotherapy advocates “pagan psychology” at Santa Barbara’s Pacifica Graduate Institute

BY SMADAR DE LANGE — People go to psychologists and psychiatrists to seek help for universal issues such as loneliness, anxiety and emptiness. But what happens in a psychotherapy session is that those feelings are branded — and treated — as subjective experiences, phenomena that are unique to the patient. Instead of freeing people from the tyranny of the personality, today’s psychotherapy reinforces an individual’s separation and isolation from universal human conditions — and digs people deeper  into the myth of subjective experience. It enslaves them more to this fragile construct called personality.

So argues James Hillman, the American psychologist who developed “archetypal psychology.”

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