The Shroud of Turin a Fake? Scientist Repeats the Process

I don’t know about you, but whew, glad that that mystery is once for all settled

An Italian scientist says he has reproduced the Shroud of Turin, a feat that he says proves definitively that the linen some Christians revere as Jesus Christ’s burial cloth is a medieval fake.

The shroud, measuring 14 feet, 4 inches by 3 feet, 7 inches bears the image, eerily reversed like a photographic negative, of a crucified man some believers say is Christ.

“We have shown that is possible to reproduce something which has the same characteristics as the Shroud,” Luigi Garlaschelli, who is due to illustrate the results at a conference on the para-normal this weekend in northern Italy, said on Monday.

A professor of organic chemistry at the University of Pavia, Garlaschelli made available to Reuters the paper he will deliver and the accompanying comparative photographs.

The Shroud of Turin shows the back and front of a bearded man with long hair, his arms crossed on his chest, while the entire cloth is marked by what appears to be rivulets of blood from wounds in the wrists, feet and side.

Carbon dating tests by laboratories in Oxford, Zurich and Tucson, Arizona in 1988 caused a sensation by dating it from between 1260 and 1390. Sceptics said it was a hoax, possibly made to attract the profitable medieval pilgrimage business. (read the rest here)

Oh, and it will be on display in 2010.

Do you need an artifact to validate the Resurrection?

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18 Replies to “The Shroud of Turin a Fake? Scientist Repeats the Process”

  1. Do you need an artifact to validate the Resurrection?

    Only if you can validate the artifact does it really matter. And then, you’ve got to validate the validator and so forth.

  2. Um, I can forge my father’s signature. I mean, spot on. Like I made money in high school. However, I am not my father.

    Just a quickie memo to the Jesus art-eest. Forgery takes true artistic talent, but it’s still a fake. Just sayin’.

  3. I really don’t care one way or the other about the Shroud. It would be cool if it was for real, but I don’t need it to be. My gut opinion of it is that it isn’t, for reasons that I won’t bother to elaborate now unless someone cares.

    Could it be? Of course.

    But like HiScrivener said … even if I can forge my father’s signature, it doesn’t invalidate the things that he really signed.

  4. The Shroud of Turin has received much attention (and much longer than most of us have been alive). It has it’s own history also. The Italian community have written tons, as some also in the Roman Catholic laity, science.. etc. Again, it’s authenticity (if it is?) will perhaps never be proven? But blog posts just touch the surface!
    Fr. R.

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