I’ve always been interested in the Shroud of Turin. Call me crazy, call me wacko, I don’t care. Now comes word from Italian scientists that the fibers making up the cloth date back to 300BC to 400AD. The time of Jesus fits well within that range.
I remember when other scientists excitedly came out in 1988 saying Carbon 14 tests dated the Shroud to medieval times, at around 1260-1390AD. While the Jesus-haters gloated a little too obviously, I already knew that had to be a load of BS. Why? Not because I’m some kind of big religious guy, just that I had knowledge of Carbon 14 dating issues and realized any results could be seriously skewed for a wide variety of factors.
For example: If you take grass samples from beside a major highway and subject them to Carbon 14 testing, the date will come back tens of thousands of years old, simply because of all the carbon pollution from nearby traffic absorbed by the grass (no, not the reefer us wacky racists might smoke).
More recent date ranges may occur if the source material has been compromised at some point in the life of the material. Then I read about this husband and wife researcher team who discovered that the samples used for Carbon 14 testing in the 1980’s were taken from a repair job done back during the middle ages. Bingo!
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In addition to the fiber dating, the scientists showed the Shroud contained dirt particles and pollen matching what might be found in the Holy Land.
The Shroud resides in a climate-controlled case in a cathedral in Turin, Italy, and is rarely viewed. It will make a rare televised appearance this year, however, on the Saturday before Easter.
I’m not going to get into a lot of the facts behind Shroud research, there’s plenty of materials out there to read. I just don’t have a lot of time this particular week, not with all the vicious black on White crime going on nowadays.
But I will say this: The Shroud has always screamed real to me. I’ve heard a lot of BS when it comes to supposed “holy relics” etc., etc. Yet the Shroud does indeed look like something authentic and spiritual. Incredible as it seems, it may just be the only piece of hard evidence of the “other side” on this plane of existence.
Call me wacko, I don’t care. Now, where did I put my bong at?