Yesterday, the story about how an Italian scientist had found a way to reproduce the Shroud of Turin hit the front page of FOX news and other media outlets. It amazes me how quick the main stream media is to pick up anything that supposedly de-bunks the supernatural. Where was FOX and other media pundits when it was discovered that the sample used in carbon dating was taken from a re-woven area that had end-to-end-splices, woven in by the Poor Sisters of Claire? The team of scientists that examined the Shroud, in 1978, had agreed to take samples from three different areas and also a control sample, instead, they took one sample, from one area of the cloth and that area skewed the results. Before I get carried away, let me first establish some parameters of the Shroud that should be considered by our latest skeptic and also those of you who aren’t familiar with this enigmatic artifact.
1. Does this reproduction produce a positive image when photographed? If not, then it doesn’t even pass the first test. The Shroud came to the attention of scientist in the early part of the 20th century when it was discovered that the image on the Shroud was in fact a negative! The picture above is what it looks like when you begin to develop film. In other words, if the reproduction doesn’t have this property than it falls of its own weight.
2. The detail on the Shroud is very complex and anatomically perfect. According to Dame Piczek who has examined the Shroud there is no other work of art that is so. Is this reproduction anatomically correct or is it distorted by the folds in the cloth?
3. The forensic evidence on the Shroud is very specific. The blood was on the Shroud first and it is blood that has come from real wounds. The image was formed after the blood was on the Shroud.
4. The Shroud also appears to be a hologram. In other words a sample taken from the shroud has all the data of the original and from it the full image can be reproduced. When this was discovered we were able to see the forearms of the image for the first time as in the original the forearms are obscured by the blood stains.
5. Both frontal and dorsal images are found on the Shroud, this would pose great difficulty for a forger. Can this new reproduction accomplish this?
6. There are other details such as the beard being bifurcated, the wounds of the crucifixion being on the wrists and not the palms of the hands, as is so often depicted, the coins that were placed over the eyes, the pollen on the Shroud that is only found in Jerusalem and a host of other considerations. The image is on the top most layer of the cloth and then abruptly ends at 90 degrees with precision that this reproduction doesn’t even approach.
I could go on, but I think you get the point. I have called the Shroud of Turin, God’s calling card. I still believe it is just that. What may be going on here is a deliberate attempt to steer people away from the supernatural. Dame Piczek believes, as I do that the Shroud speaks of another physics that we know nothing about. In other words, whatever produced the image on the Shroud is outside our present realm of understanding. She describes the image as a reverse Big Bang event. The Shroud points to and may be evidence of, the greatest supernatural event in history, the Resurrection! So what is the end result, as our drive by media declares that the Shroud is a fake? Most people will remember that they heard the Shroud was reproduced and thus it was a fake. They will remember that they saw the headline and run with that, without examining the claims. We still haven’t seen how this so-called reproduction matches the original and has the same properties. That is the danger real danger here….
Here’s a link to an article that is critical of the “new evidence.”