The Shroud of Turin

History and science (more) say it’s a painting, a forgery created in the 14th century, when conniving clergy conspired to wrest coins from the hands of credulous commoners. Now, some “true believers” still try to tell us it’s a miracle.

Even apart from science and history, the purported shroud is not what Scripture describes: strips of linen (and here) and a separate face cloth.

2 thoughts on “The Shroud of Turin

  1. “While the Jews demand miracles and the Greeks look for wisdom, we are preaching a crucified Christ: to the Jews an obstacle they cannot get over, to the gentiles foolishness, but to those who have been called, whether they are Jews or Greeks, a Christ who is both the power of God and the wisdom of God.” 1 Cor. 1:22-24
    Cant say that the shroud will make or break my faith.

  2. A new book was just published in July 2008 by the former “head of the chemistry experiments for the Shroud of Turin Research Project (STURP), the team of twenty-four researchers that performed the first ever in-depth scientific examination of the controversial relic in 1978”:

    A Chemist’s Perspective On The Shroud Of Turin

    From the book’s description: “[Rogers] was a professional chemist for fifty-two years and spent thirty-five years as a research chemist at Los Alamos National Laboratory, until his retirement in 1988.

    A rigorous and empirical scientist, Rogers spent years working on the Shroud as a member of the STURP team. He continued his research after the STURP project concluded, but set his studies aside in frustration as unqualified “experts” presented what he considered poor quality and non-scientific “evidence” for the authenticity of the Shroud in the popular media. In the end however, new data came to light that prompted his return to Shroud research, even though he was in failing health.

    In this book, Rogers shares with us his frank and often-unvarnished personal perspectives on his thirty year involvement in Shroud studies. He details his own research and backs it up with solid observations, chemical analysis and microscopy. He provides his own theory of the Shroud’s image formation and his own opinion on its authenticity. He reveals many of the problems and politics he personally encountered while studying the Shroud and discusses the role of religion and science and how each has impacted Shroud research. Most importantly, he discusses the possible future for the Shroud itself.

    Whether you are a qualified scientist searching for honest answers to serious questions, or simply someone casually interested in this fascinating relic, Rogers’ unique perspective, straightforward style and in-depth knowledge will both inform and enlighten you.”

    You can preview the first 10 pages for free, which are mainly the table of contents — it looks interesting.

    This website provides a lot of good data on the Shroud, and though the maintainers are obviously enthusiastic about its authenticity, they present and link everything, not just the “true believers” stuff: http://www.shroud.com/

    I found the known history page quite interesting: http://www.shroud.com/history.htm

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