Why Remain Catholic? Jean-Luc Marions Says because It’s Fun: The Commonness of the Real

David Russell Mosley Eastertide 28 May 2017 The Edge of Elfland Hudson, New Hampshire Dear Readers, Thanks to Artur over at Cosmos the in Lost, I watched this short video with noted Catholic philosopher Jean-Luc Marion. While I’ve not read copious amounts of Marion’s work and nor have I agreed with everything I’ve read, I [Read More…]

The Church and the Village: The Blessing of the Beer and Other Agricultural Festivals

David Russell Mosley Ordinary Time 27 July 2016 The Edge of Elfland Hudson, New Hampshire Dear Readers, This morning as I was scrolling through Facebook, I came across on article from the Croydon Guardian entitled, “Ale Mary: Croydon Minster to revive medieval tradition of blessing beer.” Friends of mine will know that I am fairly [Read More…]

Creativity as Deifying: On Fairy Stories, Part II

David Russell Mosley   Lent 4 April 2014 On the Edge of Elfland Beeston, Nottinghamshire Dear Friends and Family, Here is the lengthier part 2 of yesterday’s thesis extract. This section is, in essence, a commentary on J. R. R. Tolkien’s essay ‘On Fairy-Stories’. Let me know what you think. On Fairy Stories ‘Fantasy remains [Read More…]

A Place for Father Christmas: A Response to Tara C. Samples

David Russell Mosley Third Week of Advent 16 December 2013 On the Edge of Elfland Beeston, Nottinghamshire Dear Friends and Family, The Feast of the Nativity (probably a more accurate description for most Christians, and non-Christians, who stay whom on the 25 of December) is nearly upon us. This time of year, along with engendering [Read More…]

Celebrating Theology Faculty from the University of Nottingham: Alison Milbank

Dear Friends and Family, Today I want to highlight Dr Alison Milbank. Alison and I share many affinities, particularly a love for combining (or showing the existing relationship between) literature and theology. Alison studied Theology and English Literature at Cambridge, doing her PhD at Lancaster. Alison’s work tends to focus in one sense on religion [Read More…]

Lies Breathed through Silver or How God Creates History: Myths and Christianity

Dear Friends and Family, I believe I’ve mentioned before both the fact that I have a profound appreciation for the writings of C. S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien, and that I have been sitting in on Alison Milbank’s Religion and Fantasy module here at the University of Nottingham. Well, a few weeks ago, [Read More…]

Relying on the Bleeding Charity instead of Our Rights: Lessons from Lewis's Great Divorce

Dear Friends and Family, This term, I have been sitting on a class taught by Alison Milbank called Religion and Fantasy. It has been an excellent class and an opportunity for me to re-read some of my old favourites and discuss their theological implications with others. One the texts we read for this course was C. [Read More…]

In Defence of Father Christmas

Dear Friends and Family, As Christmas Day is fast approaching, I thought I would write on a subject rather close to my heart: Santa Claus, or as he is known here, Father Christmas. I believed in Santa Claus until I was 12, nearly 13. All in one day, I lost Santa, the Easter Bunny, and [Read More…]

More Tolkien: Looking forward to the Hobbit

Dear Friends and Family, I just came across another video with Alison Milbank and thought I’d share it along with some other Tolkien related things I like. Also, make sure you check out The Tolkien Professor Podcast. Dr Corey Olsen has been doing this podcast for three years now and has provided some excellent insight [Read More…]