Don’t worry about those 4 blood moons

If you’re worried about the coincidence of four blood moons somehow signaling the end of the world, relax. The prophetic scheme hatched by ministers Mark Blitz and John Hagee amounts to little more than proof of Nassim Nicholas Taleb’s thesis in Fooled by Randomness. Our world is full of noise and confusion. As a result, we look for patterns to create sensible narratives that help explain reality. Taleb applies this insight to…

Why Bonhoeffer made the sign of the cross

Reading Letters and Papers from Prison, I was surprised to discover Dietrich Bonhoeffer used the sign of the cross in his daily prayers. “I’ve found that following Luther’s instruction to ‘make the sign of the cross’ at our morning and evening prayers is . . . most useful,” he said in one letter. “There is something objective about it. . . .” Growing up evangelical, I always understood signing oneself to be…