Friday, December 30, 2011

Shroud of Turin is Real

More pertinent than even this is that the burst of ultra violet light processed through the body in an apparent plane of activity just as we scan a page to produce a Xerox copy.  This is technology we cannot produce ourselves and it will likely need another three decades or so.  Such a process could tackle each cell individually and plausible restore any damage and enliven the cell.  It likely lasted less than a couple of minutes to allow normal functioning to begin and not be additionally damaged.  My point here is that we can imagine the resurrection process itself as a digital process that is plausible in terms of our own technological efforts.  It is no longer mystical at all.

Yet it is categorical proof of the resurrection and by extension the specific role of Jesus as an intervener in the development of the Roman Empire.  I think he died too soon even though he used his death to empower a new movement that was revolutionary.  The West remains his inheritance.

Had he gained political traction in his time and place, he may have risen to influence the institutions of the Roman Empire in the midst of the Empire’s consolidation.  It is easy to posit simple steps that could have led the Roman Empire into the world of modernism having the benefit of historical hindsight.

It did not happen and his legacy was a religion that set out one convert at a time to restructure the moral ethos.  That a third of the globe’s population is today part of that ethos and that it continues to expand vigorously as if it is as fresh as the day it was born is a remarkable achievement.  The criticism that many in the developed world have strayed is an error.  No where do we see a restoration of the old moral ethos and never will.  In fact the constant pressure to protect even wolves and lions is an example of the extremes of the Christian ethos.

My take home today is that every human being on Earth today must now confront a new and also old truth.  Jesus was resurrected with technology clearly superior to our own technology today and plausibly beyond our reach for a long time. His promise of immortality is surely a deliverable in the physical world and coincides with our burgeoning knowledge of the spiritual world which we no longer can safely dismiss.  He offered a route to immortality through a combination of faith (acceptance of Jesus as mentor and master) and following his teachings. 

Shroud of Turin: Shroud Could Not Have Been Faked, Indicates a Supernatural Occurrence Reports Say

By Jena Isle on Dec 22, 2011 in AmazingAnnouncementScienceWorld

Scientists who have tested the authenticity of the Shroud of Turin, has finally released their results pointing to the fact that the Shroud of Turin could not have been faked and that a  supernatural occurrence may be the reason for the occurrence. This was disclosed by several international news sites, December 21, 2011.

Scientist tried to duplicate the Shroud of Turin but could only come near to duplicating it by using a “short and intense burst of UV directional radiation.” This fact indicates the authenticity of the Shroud of Turin because there was no UV technology during those times, that could have created the imprint, reports said.

The Shroud of Turin shows an imprint of a double image of a man, who apparently, was scourged and crucified.Christians believed that the shroud was the burial clothes of Jesus Christ after His crucifixion in the Mount of Calvary.

Reportedly, Professor Paolo Di Lazzaro, the head of the research said that:

“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 and resurrection. But as scientists, we were concerned only with verifiable scientific processes.”

Previous reports stated that a radiocarbon dating test, which was conducted in 1988 at the University of Oxford, the University of Arizona and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, showed that the Shroud of Turin was dated between 1260 and 1390. Some experts say though that the shroud may have been contaminated by clothing from the middle ages.

The latest result however as stated by the National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Development of Italy points to the fact that the shroud could not have been faked.

Shroud of Turin Is Real, Scientists Claim, Citing New Evidence

By Stoyan Zaimov | Christian Post Reporter

The Shroud of Turin, which many believe to be the burial robe of Jesus Christ – is likely to be authentic in nature, Italian scientists have recently claimed.

A negative version photo of the Shroud of Turin, Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist in Turin, Italy, revealing a face commonly associated with Jesus Christ, taken in August 1978.

The ancient 14-foot long piece of cloth is said to hold remarkable imprints of a crucified man with long hair and a bearded face. However, critics insist the shroud in question is a forgery created in the Middle Ages, somewhere between 1260 and 1390.

Radiocarbon tests conducted in 1988 in Arizona, Oxford and Zurich seemed to prove that theory to be true, but were disputed due to claims that fibers from the cloth were used around that time period simply to repair the shroud, which would explain the skewed findings, The Telegraph reported.

Attempts in the past had been made to replicate the relic in order to prove that it is a fake, and although scientists from Italy's National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Development managed to create such a duplicate, they concluded that it would be impossible for anyone to have done the same with technology available in the Middle Ages:

"The double image (front and back) of a scourged and crucified man, barely visible on the linen cloth of the Shroud of Turin, has many physical and chemical characteristics that are so particular that the staining ... is impossible to obtain in a laboratory," the experts said.

The leader of the project, Prof Paolo Di Lazzaro, explained that their research was based purely on the scientific evidence at hand and left theological interpretations up to the "conscience of individuals."

Between 1978 and 1981, a group of 31 American scientists, called the Shroud of Turin Research Project, conducted 120 hours of X-ray and ultraviolet tests that arrived to the same conclusion.

"There are no chemical or physical methods known which can account for the totality of the image, nor can any combination of physical, chemical, biological or medical circumstances explain the image adequately," they said, according to the Telegraph.

A professor of chemistry at Pavia University, Luigi Garlaschelli, shared with The Independent: "The implications are... that the image was formed by a burst of UV energy so intense it could only have been supernatural. But I don't think they've done anything of the sort."

The Shroud of Turin is kept in the royal chapel of the Roman Catholic Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist in Turin, Italy, and preserved in a temperature-controlled case. The relic, visited by millions of people each year, has never been formally denied or accepted by the Catholic Church. 


Anonymous said...

Total BS!

Cant beleive its even a topic.

Sad waste of money on foolish mysticism.

arclein said...

Oh Really

The science was multidisciplinary and impeccable. Way more important is that this provides scientific direct evidence of the resurrection which is the key physical claim made in regard to the life and death of Jesus. This event is no longer about mysticism but about science we can imagine in the future.

This completely revolutionizes our understanding of the christian faith by outright removing any need to rely on faith to accept the reality of the event itself that drove the creation of the faith.