Sick Pilgrim and Trying to Say “God”: Before the Conference

David Russell Mosley Ordinary Time 21 June 2017 The Edge of Elfland Manchester, New Hampshire Dear Readers, Very briefly, a quick update on my life. As many of you know I started working back in April at a Catholic liberal arts high school. Well, apparently I’ve done some good work because today it was officially [Read More…]

Darkness in Elfland: Tolkien on Whether Fairies Are Demons and a (Hopefully) Fuller Account of Enchantment

David Russell Mosley Ordinary Time St. Clare’s Day 2016 The Edge of Elfland Hudson, New Hampshire Dear Readers, You will no doubt be unsurprised when you read these letters to see references to things like Faërie, Elfland (which is in the title), Enchantment, etc. Careful readers will note that these words are always used positively. [Read More…]

Porous and Buffered: Reading A Secular Age

David Russell Mosley Eastertide 31 March 2016 The Edge of Elfland Hudson, New Hampshire Dear Friends and Family, So I’ve recently taken the plunge and started reading Charles Taylor’s A Secular Age. For those unfamiliar with Taylor and/or this work, Taylor is a Canadian philosopher and is professor emeritus at McGill University. He has written [Read More…]

That Hideous Strength: The Cosmic and Enchanted Earth

David Russell Mosley Ordinary Time 8 October 2014 The Edge of Elfland Hudson, New Hampshire Dear Friends and Family, That Hideous Strength is perhaps often viewed as one of the strangest and weakest of Lewis’s fictional books. It certainly makes little sense if we think of it as the culmination of a Space Trilogy since [Read More…]

Heaven and Earth: The Re-Enchantment of the Cosmos

David Russell Mosley Ordinary Time 20 September 2014 On the Edge of Elfland Hudson, New Hampshire Dear Friends and Family, I want to take a brief brake from my letters on C. S. Lewis’s Cosmic Trilogy to bring to your attention two things I’ve seen today. The first is a video on the nature of [Read More…]

The Enchanted Cosmos-A Response to Matt Moser at Christ and University

David Russell Mosley 3 March 2014 On the Edge of Elfland Beeston, Nottinghamshire Dear Friends and Family,  Over on Christ and University, Matt Moser has been doing a series on the difficulties of teaching Dante. In his most recent post Moser notes that a significant issue in reading Dante is his cosmology which we no [Read More…]

The Enchantment of Creation Or, I Do Believe in Faerie

Dear Friends and Family, Part of my normal routine is to get up at five in the morning, do my morning ablutions, and then I come into the study, say my prayers, and by no later than 5:45 I begin my morning reading. Right now, I’m reading my way through The Everyman Chesterton, a collection of [Read More…]