Catholic Scientist Champions the Shroud of Turin

Sophia Institute Press, February 2021

Sophia Institute Press


Summary

The Shroud of Turin has become a very controversial issue during the past few decades. Opinions about this linen cloth vary over a wide range. For some, on one end of the spectrum, it is merely a piece of cloth that was perhaps painted by a very talented artist - an icon of a crucified person, at best. For others, at the other end, it is a relic they venerate dearly as the authentic burial cloth of Jesus Christ, the Savior of humanity.

Who is right? Who is to decide who is right? Nowadays, most people will declare science as the best referee. Do they have a point? In this book, we will carefully weigh the claims that science makes pro and con the authenticity of the Shroud of Turin. We will assess what those claims are worth, so we may develop a more reliable and accurate perception of the Shroud of Turin.


Table of Contents



1.	BIBLICAL ANALYSIS
2.	HISTORICAL ANALYSIS
3.	COMPUTER ANALYSIS
4.	ANATOMICAL ANALYSIS
5.	TEXTILE ANALYSIS
6.	POLLEN ANALYSIS
7.	CARBON ANALYSIS
8.	BLOOD ANALYSIS
9.	DNA ANALYSIS
10.	CONCLUSION


Endorsements
 


It's fair to say that, despite the seemingly definitive tests in 1988, the status of the Shroud of Turin is murkier than ever. Not least, the nature of the image and how it was fixed on the cloth remain deeply puzzling."

Philip Ball, former editor of the science journal Nature
"Shrouded in mystery," Nature Materials, 2008, volume 7, 349.


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