Friday, January 6, 2012

The Shroud of Turin

You have surely heard of the Shroud of Turin.

The picture today, from Wikipedia, shows on the Left how the Shroud looks if you just stand and view it, while on the Right is the image that was first seen in 1898 when photographer, Secondo Pia, developed the negative of a photograph he had made of the Shroud.

Understandably, the image seen on the photographic negative caused quite a stir at that time, and which continues today.

The Shroud is kept in the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, located in Turin, Italy, hence the name 'Shroud of Turin'.

It is reported to be the burial Shroud of Christ but debates have raged over its authenticity.

Due to radioactive dating tests in 1988, many folks believe it is a middle ages forgery. 

But, the material used for the tests included some of the material that had been used to patch the Shroud during the middle ages, after it was damaged in a fire.

So, the actual undamaged portion of the cloth has not been radioactively dated but only that which was damaged in the fire and parts of the patches which were used in the repair. 

Thus, the radioactive dating tests are not really conclusive.

And now the debate continues in an article recently posted on the web in which several scientists have said that "the Shroud of Turin is Not a fake."

There is also a brief 38 second video which accompanies the article. Be sure to watch it.

For those who are skeptics and do not believe in Christ, this is another opportunity for them to debunk the Shroud.

For others, this is another possible confirmation of its authenticity.

You probably have thoughts about the Shroud so you will want to read this article and view the 38 second video.  HERE'S THE LINK

And if that article piqued your interest and you want to read another 'version' of this same set of findings by the same Scientists, though without the 38 second video, HERE'S THE LINK.