Carbon dating of the turin shroud

There is now a mountain of evidence about the Shroud, but too many dismiss the possibility of the Shroud’s authenticity based on the Carbon-14 dating alone.

However, a good detective does not rely on one piece of evidence. Here are the pieces of evidence which I find compelling. It is not a stain, nor is it painted on the Shroud.

It is not burned on in a conventional heat application method.

Instead it is seared on to the cloth with a technology that has yet to be explained.

It is, they believe, the burial cloth of Jesus Christ.

It has been venerated as such for centuries, and since the 17th century, when it came to Turin, has been the cathedral’s best-known treasures.

This technology uses infra-red light and spectroscopy to measure the radiation intensity through wavelengths, and from these measurements a date can be calculated.When he developed the negative he noticed that it showed a positive image of a human face.He concluded that the image itself was therefore, in effect, a photographic negative.Popes have come to gaze on the Shroud; Benedict XVI said when he visited in 2010 that “we see, as in a mirror, our suffering in the suffering of Christ”. They refer to the 1987 Carbon-14 dating and say, “It’s medieval. That settles it.” But the believers bounce back, and year by year, as modern technology advances, more and more evidence accumulates which causes anyone who reads the research to be sceptical of the sceptics.The most recent claim – that the blood on the Shroud is from a torture victim – has re-opened the debate.The image was seared on the linen after the bloodstains.


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