Folk Liturgy: St. Bartholomew’s Bun Run

David Russell Mosley Ordinary Time St. Bartholomew’s Day The Edge of Elfland Hudson, New Hampshire Dear Readers, Today I was made aware of a fascinating tradition that goes on in Sandwich in England. There is an old chapel there dedicated to St. Bartholomew (you know, the apostle). There is an old tradition there––how old I [Read More…]

It’s All in Plato: Looking at the Realm of the Forms and the Logoi with Maximus the Confessor and Simon Oliver

David Russell Mosley Ordinary Time 23 August 2016 The Edge of Elfland Hudson, New Hampshire Dear Readers, I’ve been spending a lot of time with C. S. Lewis lately, as my last letter indicated. I’m also reading Restoring Beauty: the Good, the True and the Beautiful in the Writings of C.S. Lewis by Louis Markos for review [Read More…]

Making the Political Other Worse than They Are: C.S. Lewis, Damnation, and Deification

David Russell Mosley Ordinary Time 22 August 2016 The Edge of Elfland Hudson, New Hampshire Dear Readers, Since I’ve assigned it as a textbook for the intro theology class I began teaching today, I’ve be re-reading C. S. Lewis’ Mere Christianity. I read this book, if not every year, then at least every other because [Read More…]

This Week in Elfland: August 20th Edition

David Russell Mosley Ordinary Time 20 August 2016 The Edge of Elfland Hudson, New Hampshire Dear Readers, Another week has come and gone. Here are the letters you seemed to particularly like from the past week. [Read more…]

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Surrounding Myself with Beauty: Human Life as Art with Pope St. John Paul II and David Jones

David Russell Mosley Ordinary Time 19 August 2016 The Edge of Elfland Hudson, New Hampshire Dear Readers, As I did a little background reading before my last letter on beauty, I decided it would be good to re-read Pope St. John Paul II’s Letter to Artists. This was only my second reading, my first coming [Read More…]

The Dementor’s Kiss (Redux) and the Problem of Muggleborns: Two Thoughts upon Finishing the Harry Potter Series

David Russell Mosley Ordinary Time 18 August 2016 The Edge of Elfland Hudson, New Hampshire Dear Readers, Well, I finished my annual re-read of Harry Potter a few nights ago, and rounded it off with a re-read of The Tales of Beedle the Bard. Hopefully, I’ll eventually get my hands on a copy of The [Read More…]

Finding Joy in the Kitchen with the Help of Brother Lawrence

David Russell Mosley Ordinary Time 17 August 2016 The Edge of Elfland Hudson, New Hampshire Dear Readers, I’ve been trying to write you all morning. Each time I sat here and would two or three paragraphs written before deciding I was not happy with what I was writing. I began to get rather melancholic. So [Read More…]

Surrounding Myself with Beauty to Stave Off Sin

David Russell Mosley Ordinary Time 16 August 2016 The Edge of Elfland Hudson, New Hampshire Dear Readers, A few years ago, while I was still a PhD student at the University of Nottingham, I made a commitment to make what decisions I could based on what is beautiful. I would walk daily to my desk at [Read More…]

Sacraments and Sacramental Ontology: A (Very) Brief Introduction with Dr. Simon Oliver

David Russell Mosley Ordinary Time 13 August 2016 The Edge of Elfland Hudson, New Hampshire Dear Readers, I’ve been putting some of the finishing touches on a class I’ll be teaching online in a few weeks’ time. The class is called Fundamentals of the Christian Faith and my take on it is to make it [Read More…]

This Week on the Edge of Elfland: August 13th Edition

David Russell Mosley Ordinary Time 13 August 2016 The Edge of Elfland Hudson, New Hampshire Dear Readers, As always, I want to thank you for reading my letters. As an author in three different genre (at least; blogging, fiction, and theology), I often get asked, “Who is your audience?” I never know how to answer [Read More…]

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