The Shroud Of Turin: Real Or Fake?
What exactly is The Shroud of Turin? Well, if you’re a devout Catholic, it’s the sheet the Jesus Christ was buried in; if you’re anyone else, then well, the shroud is a mystery that has yet to be solved.
The shroud seems to have first surfaced in France in 1390, and was immediately claimed as the burial shroud of Christ, but it was until the late 1800s when a photograph’s negative revealed all the most distinctive and controversial features of the cloth. The negative revealed a stain and imprssion pattern of a man with his arms crossed over his crotch, with : one wrist bearing a large, round wound consistent with a piercing, and upward gouge into the side of the thoracic cavity, small puncture wounds on the forehead and scalp, wounds on the torso and legs consistent with a Roman flagrum ( a weapon), facial swelling, blood streaming down both arms, large puncture wounds in the feet, and most importantly, a the bearded face of a long-haired man.
Throughout the years, various scientific groups have done scientific tests, and the results have ranged from inconclusive, to skeptical, to downright fascinating.
Tests done by an American group known as STURP (Shroud of Turin Research Project) in 1978 provided no evidence of forgery, and did nothing to prove how the image was formed.
In 1988, radiocarbon dating was performed on some small shroud samples by the University of Oxford, University of Arizona, and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology placed the shroud’s creation between 1260 and 1390. This is a time frame right around the original discovery of the shroud, a fact that makes the likelihood of it being a forgery very high. However, proponents of the shroud ‘s authenticity have stated that the samples used for the tests were actually repair patches placed over one thousand years after the shroud’s creation.
In 2009, Mechthild Flury-Lemberg , a master textile restorer, examined the shroud and concluded that it was produced between 40 BC and 73 AD. These dates are consistent with the dates attributed to the crucifixion.
So ask yourselves folks, who do you believe? Hard to decide right? Well that’s why The Shroud of Turin remains…an Otherworld Mystery.