Jove Looking Over My Shoulder: Reflections on the Medieval Cosmos and a Night under the Stars

David Russell Mosley Eastertide 9 June 2017 The Edge of Elfland Hudson, New Hampshire Dear Readers, Two nights ago, after a long and hard day, I sat outside with my pipe and my computer under the stars. I’ve been slowly doing some work on Medieval cosmology, which will hopefully pick up if my paper proposal [Read More…]

The World of Patrick’s Breastplate: Seeing through the Eyes of a Medieval Prayer

David Russell Mosley Lent 18 March 2017 The Edge of Elfland Hudson, New Hampshire Dear Readers, Well, yesterday was St. Patrick’s day and many have written excellently about the man and his feast day and why it shouldn’t exclusively include drinking and green and leprechauns. Today I want to talk about a prayer that is [Read More…]

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Entering the Sphere of Jove: Reflecting on Joy with Lent, C.S. Lewis, and Michael Martin

David Russell Mosley Ordinary Time 2 March 2017 The Edge of Elfland Hudson, New Hampshire Dear Readers, I want to talk to you about Joy. It has been an obsession of mine of late. I began to notice its influence on me most at the tail end of the last liturgical year and the start [Read More…]

St. Colman mac Duagh and George MacDonald: Reflections on a Gnat that Visits Me in the Night

David Russell Mosley Ordinary Time The Baptism of the Lord 2017 The Edge of Elfland Hudson, New Hampshire Dear Readers, When I was younger, I must admit, I took some relish in the swatting of flies and gnats and bees and wasps. Like the tailor who killed seven with one blow, I practiced trying to [Read More…]

On the Five Ways and Deification at Eclectic Orthodoxy

David Russell Mosley Ordinary Time St. Ignatius The Edge of Elfland Hudson, New Hampshire Dear Readers, Sorry for the radio silence lately. Last week I was first preparing for the Patristic, Medieval, and Renaissance Conference at Villanova, which I attended this past weekend. I hope to write about my experience there this week, but today [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…]

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…]

John Milbank on Augustine and Nicholas of Cusa

David Russell Mosley Ordinary Time St. Oswald’s Day The Edge of Elfland Hudson, New Hampshire Dear Readers, I’m not sure if there is a more controversial theologian living today than John Milbank, at least not in the circles in which I travel. People tend to fall in three camps: Pure hatred, pure love, and a [Read More…]