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Did the Shroud of Turin spread Christianity?

April 7, 2012 | Comment icon 23 comments



Image Credit: Giovanni Battista
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. Now, an art historian says this piece of cloth, said to bear the imprint of the crucified body of Jesus Christ, may be something in between.


Source: Live Science | Comments (23)


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Comment icon #14 Posted by braveone2u 10 years ago
Lilly, on 08 April 2012 - 11:29 AM, said: Please do not take my post comment out of context. Actually, I didn't. My post's for people who think the Shroud's a clever forgery. Again, some forgery. Atlantians, perhaps? I think, not. UFO??
Comment icon #15 Posted by Karlis 10 years ago
Lily the shroud remains the greatest mystery because no one is allow to study it. Keeping it as a mystery is a great political move. Paracelse, actually the Turin Shroud is regarded as being, "... one of the most studied artifacts in human history, and one of the most controversial." Consider just a few sources: In 1978 one hundred and twenty hours of scientific studies of the Shroud were conducted. Activities included visible, ultraviolet and infrared spectroscopy light, ultraviolet and phase microscopy, infrared thermography, x-radiographic imaging, electron microscopy, computer analysis, ph... [More]
Comment icon #16 Posted by Paracelse 10 years ago
Paracelse, actually the Turin Shroud is regarded as being, "... one of the most studied artifacts in human history, and one of the most controversial." Consider just a few sources: In 1978 one hundred and twenty hours of scientific studies of the Shroud were conducted. Activities included visible, ultraviolet and infrared spectroscopy light, ultraviolet and phase microscopy, infrared thermography, x-radiographic imaging, electron microscopy, computer analysis, photographic imaging with special films, microchemical analysis, etc. -- Frederick T. Zugibe, M.D., "The Cross and the Shroud", (New Yo... [More]
Comment icon #17 Posted by Karlis 10 years ago
Sorry to disappoint you Karlis but no chemical analysis has been done on the image itself, the scientists receive a tiny piece of the shroud from one corner (which is why because shroudies are saying the radiocarbon piece was one of repairs done after the fire) No disappointment. As far as I understand, the donated piece of material is recognised as being from part of the original shroud weave-material, and *not* from a repair-patch. And would you expect authorise to allow part of the Shroud image to be chemically examined? If so, you would see no problems in art experts taking paint scrapings... [More]
Comment icon #18 Posted by Paracelse 10 years ago
No disappointment. As far as I understand, the donated piece of material is recognised as being from part of the original shroud weave-material, and *not* from a repair-patch. And would you expect authorise to allow part of the Shroud image to be chemically examined? If so, you would see no problems in art experts taking paint scrapings from the Mona Lisa's face for examination, right? Apart from that, my post was to answer your statement that: "the shroud remains the greatest mystery because no one is allow to study it ..." Taking a historical approach to the shroud could enlighten the story.... [More]
Comment icon #19 Posted by TattooMan 10 years ago
I think we missed the point of this article. Point being... was it responsible for helping in the spread of Christianity. Personally, I believe it was responsible, because at the time it was seen as proof positive of the third day miracle. The shroud with the image, the body of Jesus gone, and the accounts of what happened. Back in that time, the burden of proof would be much less and because of Roman rule and occupation, the people needed to believe and their faith justified or affirmed. Whether or not the shroud is authentic, it still played the role of spreading the word and the faith.
Comment icon #20 Posted by euroninja 10 years ago
Taking a historical approach to the shroud could enlighten the story. Geoffrey de Lery is supposed to have brought the shroud from Jerusalem; then sold it to the Charny family a middle aristocratic family of Burgundy and was sold at the end of the 14trh century to the House of Savoi, who lived in Chambery France at the time. The first document of that particular shroud was done in 1389 by Pierre d'Arcis bishop of Troyes (the same city that saw the birth of the Knight Templars and Chretien de Troyes of Arthurian fame) in a letter to the Pope Clement VII and calls it "a fake cynical forgery to d... [More]
Comment icon #21 Posted by euroninja 10 years ago
Actually, I didn't. My post's for people who think the Shroud's a clever forgery. Again, some forgery. Atlantians, perhaps? I think, not. UFO?? That's a possibility. Always blame it on the aliens. I wanna get xeroxed when I die from head to toe just like Jesus.
Comment icon #22 Posted by danbell06 10 years ago
Although there is no evidence he made it, nor did he ever write about it in his notebook's, Leonardo (Da Vinci) had drawings of a camera obscura in his notebook's, i watched a documentary on channel 5, in which it shows that a camera obscura was used to create the Shroud. "Leonardo scorched his facial features on to the linen of the Shroud using a sculpture of his face and a photographic device called a 'camera obscura'." And it also shows that the self portrait that Leonardo drew fits exactly over the "face of jesus". Another amazing fact was that the Mona Lisa's facial dimensions are EXACTLY... [More]
Comment icon #23 Posted by Paracelse 10 years ago
That he was


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