For many, the authenticity of the Shroud of Turin has never been up for debate. The relic that has been prized by many Christians as the burial shroud of Jesus Christ has been under scrutiny since it first gained widespread attention. Scoffers rely on radiocarbon dating conducted in 1988. This controversial test was performed using a small section of the Shroud, and determined that its origins were medieval. Many have stated that these tests were unreliable and that the cloth used for testing was added to the original Shroud after being exposed to a fire.
While believers and skeptics have been going back and forth about the Shroud for years, a new study claims that there is no evidence of forgery on the Shroud of Turin, and that its origins are beyond scientific explanation.
Rather than relying upon carbon dating, which simply cannot be accurately applied to the Turin Shroud due to fire damage, poor handling and a variety of other contaminating factors, researchers this time around attempted to determine precisely how the image on the Shroud came to be, and whether or not such a thing could have been replicated in a medieval time frame.
They concluded that the exact shade, texture and depth of the imprints on the cloth could only be produced with the aid of ultraviolet lasers – technology that was clearly not available in medieval times. Their findings were that the image had to have been created with “some form of electromagnetic energy (such as a flash of light at short wavelength).”
Many believers maintain that the image on the Shroud of Turin is the image of Christ Himself, and that His likeness was instantaneously imprinted upon the cloth at the moment of His resurrection. While scientists conducting the study cannot comment upon the veracity of that claim, they admit that the Shroud is a mystery.
Prof Paolo Di Lazzaro, the head of the team, said: “When one talks about a flash of light being able to colour a piece of linen in the same way as the shroud, discussion inevitably touches on things like miracles and resurrection.”
Testing is ongoing, but it does come into agreement with the findings of the STURP (Shroud of Turin Research Project) team from between 1978 and 1981. They concluded after 120 hours of X-rays and ultraviolet light tests on the linen cloth that the image could not be explained by modern science.
Filmmaker L.A. Marzulli interviewed Barrie Schwortz of the STURP team for his new documentary Watchers 3: Fingerprints of the Supernatural. After his lengthy discussion with Schwortz, Marzulli concluded that “the Shroud of Turin is God’s Calling Card.” (Click here for my interview with L.A. Marzulli)
For more on this latest discovery, visit the following link: Italian study claims Turin Shroud is Christ’s authentic burial robe