When the Church Taught the Earth Was Flat: Flat-Earthism, Geocentrism, and Christianity and Science

David Russell Mosley Ordinary Time Christ the King 2017 The Edge of Elfland Manchester, New Hampshire Dearest Readers, By now you’ve probably seen something about Mike Hughes who wants to launch himself in a home-made rocket in order to prove that the earth is flat. I find this man hysterical and worry significantly for his safety. This is not Hughes’ first launch––nor his first daredevil trick––but it will be his first launch as a “flat-earth researcher.” Which calls into question… Read more

Beauty on the Ground: A Call for Beautiful Architecture

David Russell Mosley Ordinary Time All Souls’ Day 2017 The Edge of Elfland Manchester, New Hampshire Dearest Readers, This morning as I briefly made my way through my Facebook feed, I came across an article entitled, “Why You Hate Contemporary Architecture: And if you don’t, why you should…” by Brianna Rennix & Nathan J. Robinson. It was a fascinating, and rather long article that articulated my own misgivings about modern architecture. I was glad to see, in this article, that… Read more

The Dawn of Creation: Reflections on Bishop James Ussher, the Date of Creation, and the God of the Cosmos

David Russell Mosley Ordinary Time 23 October 2017 The Edge of Elfland Hudson, New Hampshire Dearest Readers, I am thankful to Mark Shea for reminding me that today is the cosmos’ birthday, at least according to the Anglican Bishop Ussher. Ussher used the best information available to him, he calculated from the ages of the patriarchs, from the long genealogies, that the world was created around 6 p.m. on October the 23rd in the year 4004 BC. I recommend you… Read more

Busking in Elfland: A Call for Support

David Russell Mosley Ordinary Time 22 October 2017 The Edge of Elfland Hudson, New Hampshire Dearest Readers, As many of you know, last year, in April, I took a job as a literature teacher at a small, private, Classical, Catholic high school. Over the summer this transitioned into Dean of Humanities. I love my job. My students are inquisitive, my colleagues are incredibly intelligent and passionate. But, a job like this has come, at least recently, with less and less… Read more

Autumn Is a Jovial Man: Reflections on the Autumnal Season

David Russell Mosley Ordinary Time 8 October 2017 The Edge of Elfland Hudson, New Hampshire Dearest Readers, Autumn is here, or so I am told. His sister Summer still has her hold on the weather, at least occasionally, here in New England. But despite the unseasonably warm weather  and the Summer showers, Autumn reigns. The leaves are changing, the fruit has ripened, the grain has been gathered in. And so the Autumnal feasting has begun. Thus I am put in… Read more

Fairies and Elves Stopping Construction: On the Care for Our Common Home

David Russell Mosley Ordinary Time 9 August 2017 The Edge of Elfland Hudson, New Hampshire Dearest Readers, Yesterday, in Ireland, Teachtaí Dála Danny Healy-Rae made the bold claim that the reason for the dip in Kerry Road was due to fairies. His argument actually extends back to 2007 when this first started happening. It seems, according to Healy-Rae, that what likely happened is some sort of Fairy Fort has been disturbed, causing the fair folk to take a certain level of… Read more

St. Columba and the Loch Ness Monster: The Earliest Extant Story

David Russell Mosley Ordinary Time 25 July 2017 The Edge of Elfland Hudson, New Hampshire Dearest Readers, Did you know that the story of the Loch Ness Monster dates back to at least the seventh century (c. 697) when Adomnán, ninth abbot of Iona, wrote his Life of St. Columba? In all likelihood, the story goes back even further since it is about Columba who lived between c.521-597. Even if we were to assume the story was untrue and not indicative… Read more

The Dragon Is Dead, Still: A Postlude (of sorts) to My Son’s Battle with Cancer

David Russell Mosley Ordinary Time 11 July 2017 The Edge of Elfland Hudson, New Hampshire Dearest Readers, I have wonderful news. Today my son went in for what was meant to be his final MRI. For those of you who don’t know his story, at 8 weeks old one my twin sons was diagnosed with neuroblastoma, a kind of childhood cancer. After two rounds of chemotherapy and a flight back to the United States (all of this having taken place… Read more

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