The Burial Cloth of Christ-Fact or Fiction?

What better time to ponder the burial cloth of Jesus than the day before Easter?

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As the evening hours approach on this day before Easter, I happened on this fascinating article on the shroud of Turin, which is thought by many to be the burial cloth of Jesus. Will this ever be definitively proved?  No, and neither will a 100% slam dunk piece of evidence proving God’s existence ever surface, for what a mockery that would make of the amazing gift of choice He gives us.  The ability to live life as one pleases is a necessary factor for us humans to reach our highest potential and a God that forces our belief of Him through paint by the numbers evidence would greatly dishonor this.

Regardless, it’s a very interesting piece that touches on the more technical aspects of the Shroud, like the “distance information”  that enables it to be read as a 3D map.  It plainly shows a beaten, crucified Middle Eastern man with…

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10 Responses to The Burial Cloth of Christ-Fact or Fiction?

  1. Happy Easter! Such an odd thing to say, such a paradox when we are speaking of things like the crucifixion, but He is risen indeed and that is certainly good news worth celebrating!

    Thanks for the info on the shroud, I recently watched another documentary on it and the science and mystery is kind of fascinating. Just the linen alone amazes me, it doesn’t get moth holes or rot, the bugs don’t eat it,it doesn’t wear out. I have some modern table cloths that are in sad shape indeed. No matter how high tech we think we’ve gotten, there’s still nothing in the world like linen.

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    • Tricia says:

      Happy Easter to you too IB! Yes, such an ugly thing the crucifixion, but the miracle afterwards is what brings so much hoe and joy!

      The science on stuff like this amazes me too. There will always be doubts but it’s pretty interesting how much they can tel about a 2,000 years old artifact. There is nothing like linen indeed! A miraculous piece of cloth you might say…

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  2. Wally Fry says:

    Happy Resurrection Day Tricia!

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  3. Hey Tricia–I posted a comment earlier today but it doesn’t seem to have “shown up” yet as I may have fallen in the spam bucket– but I did say that I was an early Shroud believer. Going all the way back to the late 70s as I was privileged to attend an exhibit based on the shroud that was in Atlanta. It was sponsored by two Episcopal priests who had been in on those early days of testing the Shroud. It was the 3D image that made the biggest impression with me. Later I read extensively studies and books by the German journalist Paul Badde who has written extensively in the Shroud as well as the Holy Napkin otherwise known as The Veil of Manoppello..
    Wishing you and your family a joyous Easter Tricia

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    • Tricia says:

      Julie that is so cool that you got to experience that! Wha I’ve read about the 3D images really seems impressive to me as well. I will have to check out Paul Badde to, sounds like he has some good stuff out out there.

      It’s weird I don’t see any of your comments in my spam bucket. Who knows, another WP quirk I guess. Happy Easter to you as well Julie! Hope you’re doing ok. 🙂


      • I think while our internet at the house was down, while I was attempting to peck my comments out on my phone—I probably didn’t hit send—as I’m just loving technology these days Tricia 🙂
        And speaking of which….
        whereas some of the carbon dating on the Shroud dates it much later, leading those in the know to label it a hoax, some sort of Early Renaissance fabrication—what we need to note is, that over the centuries, well meaning “care takers” have mended and repaired holes and even the burned areas of the Shroud… so those particular fibers would indeed test to a later date. And as Carbon testing takes samples to be basically destroyed, the Vatican is very leery about allowing too many “samples” to be taken away…not wanting to damage an already damaged fragile cloth.
        The forensic science of the spores, seeds and pollens that have been found in the fibers actually do date to the time of Christ and to the regions of Jerusalem…so I don’t think the jury is totally said and done on this holy relic anytime soon…
        As it is most amazing….

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        • Tricia says:

          Ha ha, I know what you mean Julie about technology. It’s supposed to work for us I thought but seems to be the other way around a lot!

          And that’s a really good point about the repairs being done at a later date. Team “It’s Authentic” is winning in my book. 😉

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  4. Citizen Tom says:

    The Shroud is one of those things that makes any sensible person stop and do a double take. Even an Atheist has to ask, “Where did that come from?”

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  5. There is indeed, slam dunk evidence that God exists.

    And the Catholic Church knows whether the Shroud is real or not because they have subjected it to very sophisticated forensic testing.

    The Catholic Church will reveal the truth about the Shroud when it is good and ready.

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