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Could Shroud of Turin only have been made by today's science?

In brief

It is said that a burst of radiation put the image of Jesus on the cloth as he rose again.

But why then is the image so superficial? Radiation would have burnt deeper into the linen fibres. The image sits on top of the herringbone weave.

And there is no proof that radiation can make such an image.

Where are the duplicates of the Shroud made with radiation? Shroud believers are totally unscientific because you cannot go about saying radiation did it without proving it is possible.

The nonsense about radiation is pure pseudo-science and encourages sceptics to mistrust shroud science.

The Turin Shroud is the most famous relic in the world. Millions believe that it is the burial cloth of Jesus Christ bearing his crucified and bloodied image. The cloth is kept at Turin in Italy. The cloth is an enigma. Many say it is a miracle. Carbon dating shows that the cloth does not go back to the time of Jesus. That has not stopped the fanatics from trying to show that it does.

There are controls put on who exactly gets near the Shroud to examine it. Being a scientist hellbent on making it seem like a miracle or authentic or being a scientist whose scepticism is without real credibility seem to be the qualifications for access as is having enough fame in the first place.

The believers claim that radiation or lasers produced the image and this was miraculous because only modern technology can make anything like the shroud. Some say it was made by “a short and intense burst of VUV directional radiation”. So where are the shrouds they have made for us with lasers and radiation? Where are the reproductions? They are cashing in on the fact that it is hard to tell exactly how the image was done when it is centuries old and was treated so badly for much of its history. And if the radiation that made the shroud was a miracle then how can we know that it really was directional or short? Maybe the radiation was all over the place and had to be miraculously organised to affect the cloth. Maybe the radiation emanated for weeks and the impression of a short burst is miraculous. The bias of the believer is evident.

Italian scientists at the National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Economic Development said in 2011 that the image on the cloth could have been made by a flash of ultraviolet light. Today, we can make images like that with ultraviolet light. But before the 1900's, that was absolutely impossible. Following attempts to make a similar image using ultraviolet technology the researchers concluded, "The results show a short and intense burst of UV directional radiation can colour a linen cloth so as to reproduce many of the peculiar characteristics of the body image on the Shroud of Turin."

DO NOT READ TOO MUCH INTO THIS KIND OF STUFF. THEY ARE ONLY SHOWING THAT THE SHROUD IMAGE COULD HAVE BEEN MADE BY SOME MODERN TECHNOLOGY NOT THAT IT WAS. THEY DON'T CLAIM TO KNOW HOW IT WAS MADE. THE SHROUD IS NOT THE ONLY THING THAT COULD HAVE BEEN MADE BY MODERN SCIENCE.

IT IS IMPORTANT TO OBSERVE THAT THEY CONCLUDED THAT THEY CAN REPRODUCE MANY BUT NOT ALL OF THE STRANGE PROPERTIES OF THE IMAGE.

Believers in Jesus were delighted with this research. Yet the same believers rejected many other attempts to make a shroud image. Those who used materials available in the middle ages produced good images but allegedly they did not manage to reproduce all the strange characteristics. And the believers dismissed their research for that reason!

Professor Paolo Di Lazzaro stated, “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 such as miracles. But as scientists, we were concerned only with verifiable scientific processes. We hope our results can open up a philosophical and theological debate.”

The research found that because the man's hair hung down and his buttocks were not flattened that he was suspended in mid-air when the image was imprinted. The image is of a man floating.

This is taken by believers to be evidence that Jesus rose. But there is no evidence that the image depicts a man who had returned to life. It just depicts a hovering corpse. You have scientists who say that Jesus turned into a spiritual body that was able to pass through the cloth. Nobody agrees on the alleged miracle that took place when the image was made.

Why would God make an image of Jesus that does not verify the resurrection? Is he trying to tell us that Jesus never rose?

Errors in the research include the notion that just because they can make what they describe as good images like the shroud image that the shroud image was made the same way. Since today's science did not exist when the image was made they conclude that the image was made supernaturally by a force that transcends science.

Their reproduction of the image does not involve a corpse. They managed to make something like the color of the image but that's all. Skeptics have done a better job with reproductions of the Shroud. Unlike the researchers, they have made images of a dead body that closely replicate the shroud. The researcher's reproduction is not as good and convincing as they say.