Whether it's a hoax or not, the shroud may have played a significant role in the spread of Christianity.
The origins and authenticity of the Shroud of Turin has been the subject of much controversy for years, some believe it to be the burial shroud of Jesus himself while others are convinced that it is a medieval forgery. Thomas de Wesselow of Cambridge University believes it to be somewhere in between, he maintains that the shroud was created by natural chemical processes and then interpreted as a sign of Jesus' resurrection by his followers.
"People in the past did not view images as just the mundane things that we see them as today," he said. "They were potentially alive. They were seen as sources of power."
"A hoax or a miracle? The Shroud of Turin has inspired this question for centuries."
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