The Shroud of Turin has been in the news of late -- new dating seems to suggest that is was from the time of Jesus. Some are passionately for the authenticity of the Shroud and others equally vigorous in their dispute of this conclusion. Most of us are caught in between -- with a mixture of curiosity about the Shroud and hope that perhaps it might be real and an ancient icon of the Lord. I admit to uncertainties, curiosities, and, yes, a little hope.
You come to your own conclusions. I merely pass some things to consider...
The latest scientific tests show that the Shroud of Turin dates to the first century. Go here to read more. Still, Shroud skeptics say it’s a medieval forgery. So here are some questions for them:
1. If it’s a fake why hasn’t anyone–even with modern technology–been able to reproduce it?
How did the forger not only know about photography in the Middle Ages,
but manage to produce what is, in effect, a photographic negative?
3. The image is not painted, but “singed” or burnt on to the fabric. How did they do that?
4. The “burned” image doesn’t penetrate more than the surface level of the cloth. Paint would soak in wouldn’t it?
5. When paintings are put into a 3-D replicator they don’t produce successful 3-D images. This does. How did the forger do that?
They found pollen and traces of soil from the area of Jerusalem. Did a
medieval forger in Europe think of that and travel out there to get
7. Are carbon 14 dating tests ever wrong? We’re assuming
someone in the Middle Ages was a fraud. What if the modern scientists
cheated? Its possible isn’t it?
8. The man in the shroud was
nailed through the wrists. Medieval artists showed Christ’s nails
through his hands. How did the medieval forger know that the Romans
nailed through the wrist and not the hand as people thought back in the
9. The forger even got the details of the wounds
correct because the flagellation wounds correspond not only to Roman
flagella, but to the direction from which the two men would have whipped
the victim according to Roman torture techniques. How did the forger
10. The pigtail at the back? It links up with the hair
style of Jewish men who had taken the “Nazarite vow” in the time of
Christ. This was some fantastic forger no?
And a great documentary that frames the whole debate. . .