New Evidence on the Shroud of Turin

The Shroud of Turin, which many (including myself) believe to be the burial cloth of Christ, has presented some interesting paradoxes. The vast majority of the evidence on the Shroud rules out any possibility of a forgery and is completely consistent with being a textile from the time of Christ. And yet, the carbon dating indicates that it is no older than 1300 years. This fact led Ray Rogers, the head of the Shroud of Turin Research Project, to declare it a fake, a reasonable conclusion from the carbon dating evidence.
But it turns out that there may have been problems with the sample used for the carbon dating. According to a story in The Daily Mail Online,

But after examining the fibres taken from an earlier investigation in 1978, Ray was shocked to find cotton present too.He said: 'The cotton fibres were fairly heavily coated with dye, suggesting they were changed to match the linen during a repair. 'I concluded that area of the shroud was manipulated by someone with great skill.

'Sue and Joe were right. The worst possible sample for carbon dating was taken.

'It consisted of different materials than were used in the shroud itself, so the age we produced was inaccurate.'

Ray Rogers died in 2005, but made a film made before his death, he conceded that the Shroud could be the Burial Cloth of Christ. A new documentary on the Shroud which includes Rogers' new findings will be broadcast on the Discovery Channel on Easter Sunday at 8pm.


Anonymous,  Friday, April 10, 2009 at 12:04:00 PM CDT  

I had never heard of the Shroud until my "reversion" in 1992. When I first learned of it I was fascinated by all the tests that had been done on it including people from NASA ! I believe that the same people tested the Tilma of Juan Diego and the image of Our Lady of Guadalupe (which there is no doubt about). Incidentally the Tilma was recently visited by Hillary Clinton, and she asked "who painted it?" to which the Bishop giving her a private showing said "God did!".

I too believe the shroud is authentic, although the Church has made no definitive statement about it and leaves it up to the individual. I think that it's just one of those things Christ left behind to help reinforce (or gain) faith.

Thanks for the post - unfortunately I don't have television - so will have to wait for the DVD to come out.

Hans Georg Lundahl Saturday, April 11, 2009 at 9:25:00 AM CDT  

Thank you!

I saw a program on the Shroud in Austria, 78 or 79. I have since believed it to be genuine.

Anonymous,  Sunday, January 10, 2010 at 2:39:00 PM CST  

The Turin Shroud : The New Evidence (2009)

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