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Why Didn’t I Think of That

December 6, 2015 218 comments

Had there been that iconic double image – both sides of the same man, aligned
head-to-head – in someone or other’s possession for 1300 or years prior to Lirey,
it would have leaked out into the public domain

— Colin Berry


imageTypically and daily, well over three thousand people see each and every new posting to this blog. It may arrive in their inbox as one of the 787 emails that go every time I post something. It may arrive via Twitter and Facebook. On average, one thousand people access a posting from search engines or subject-specific news feeds like Yahoo.  Hundreds type in the URL or click on a book mark.

Some will skim the first few lines, if that. Some will read the whole posting before chucking it. There is, however, a hardcore group that reads the posts carefully and writes comments. These comments often lead to wonderful discussions by several people, almost all of them people better informed and a heck of a lot smarter than me when it comes to the shroud.  Often, the topic drifts. That’s fine.

Now and then someone writes something that grabs your attention.  For instance, this morning I saw the following by Colin Berry. It made me stop and think. I don’t like what Colin wrote because maybe it’s true and I am hoping someone smarter than me will respond:

Had there been that iconic double image – both sides of the same man, aligned head-to-head – in someone or other’s possession for 1300 or years prior to Lirey, it would have leaked out into the public domain, if only as a rumour. It would have required just one quick sketch, scarcely more than graffiti, to become an instantly recognizable logo, signalling the sheet that enveloped the crucified Jesus, leaving his supposed faint bloodied imprint of BOTH sides.

But there’s no record pre-1355 of any such iconic double image. So why not just accept that the double-image did not exist before the mid-14th century?

imageAnd then the topic drifts; call it a two for one comment from Colin. I wonder why Colin thinks what he thinks:

… Why not regard it as an ingenious artefact that has (allegedly) perplexed the brightest and best of modern day scientists? Or has it? Which top notch scientists have been invited to examine it? If anyone here knows of any, then please name them and their research achievements. Don’t be content to say they were “experts” or highly regarded in their chosen field. State the discoveries and insights for which they are famous.

I say the TS has never been investigated by a top notch scientist associated with a major discovery, no disrespect to the Hellers, Adlers, Rogers etc, certainly not of Nobel Prize standard. Yet the UK institute where one of my medically-qualified offspring works does immunological research is reputed as having a still-active Nobel Prize winner on every floor! They do exist, and I’ve no doubt some are quite approachable. Why has the TS not been evaluated by someone of that standing? …

To my way of thinking, the acclaim that a scientist is top notch and the nominations for prizes and fellowship usually stem from accomplishments made before fame. I think, for instance, of Jonas Salk. He was not an acclaimed top notch scientist or a prize winner when he saw the possibility of developing a polio vaccine. To quote Julius Youngner, a scientist interviewed for a PBS documentary, “Jonas was a young whippersnapper who came out of nowhere, and suddenly is taking on this responsibility…”

I don’t like Colin’s argument. But others might.  He does have a point, however, that can well be directed at some who make exaggerated claims of credentials for shroud scientists and sometimes so-called scientists.

If you want to read the whole discussion, and you should if you have not, visit A Must Read Regarding the Othon de la Roche Hypothesis.  There are, as of this moment, 40 thoughtful, thought-provoking comments.

Categories: News & Views

‘Tis the Season: An Unusual Way to Sell Shroud-Based Art Of A Sort

December 5, 2015 Comments off

Yeah, right: “This OFFICIAL, non-profit website is dedicated to sharing The Man In The Cloth Portrait with all, regardless of race, color or Creed.”

imageThe site is elegant; he must have put a lot of work into it. Through his site, you can donate to this guy’s non-profit* or you can buy a Master Edition two-foot by three-foot copy of his work, on canvas, for a mere $6,850.00 or a signed and numbered paper print for $101.00 (but be fast because the artist will increase the price by one dollar for each one he sell or something like that) . You can also have a postcard sized print for $19.00.

Here is what E. Laurence Bake, the artist, says on the home page of his website:

But now, with the tools of modern computer technology, space-age photography and the hands of a truly inspired artist, E. Laurence Bake, a stunning new reality has been REVEALED – a mathematically precise, magnificently rendered, life-like "Portrait of the Man In The Cloth."   And who could have imagined such precise facial features, or the stunning masculinity and profound gaze of love, understanding and spirituality that has awaited Man’s discovery for centuries. 

In this OFFICIAL online exhibition The Man In The Cloth is now fully revealed, visible for all of us to marvel at and wonder:  What kind of glorious creator (God or artist) could have possibly made and preserved such powerful masculinity, such beauty in a simple piece of cloth?  As International businessman, Vijay Kumar put it, "It’s as if he is emerging out of the darkness of Man’s violent past, into the light of the new modern age. The Shroud is the image of a crucified man, yet when I look into those eyes all I see is pure love and compassion."

Retired ship Captain, Val LaFrance commented, "How could anything so magnificent be hidden in the threads of a linen cloth, waiting until Man could fly ships to the stars and the tools of the modern age were capable of revealing His existence? It’s a masterpiece."

Yet another viewer concluded, "It is an invitation to humanity to look beyond the limits of the material world and ask: what treasures might the human spirit hold? What kind of world could we create if love and compassion replaced hatred and violence on Earth?"

This OFFICIAL, non-profit website is dedicated to sharing The Man In The Cloth Portrait with all, regardless of race, color or Creed.  We are also dedicated to providing you with only the finest, highest quality reproductions of The Portrait possible with todays technology.  Every Limited Edition released is designed to hold its value, color and beauty for the next 100 years.

* I just wonder if this Florida-based non-profit fellow has filed a 501(c)3 with the IRS.  And what does OFFICIAL mean?

Categories: Art

That Book That Keeps on Giving

December 5, 2015 Comments off

If you must buy a new copy you can have the only one left in stock for a mere $71.95.  Do you really think more are on the way?  Tell that someone special, if this is a Christmas gift, that you found a treasured heritage edition of Harry Gove’s Relic, Icon of Hoax?. Just click on used and pick up an almost new copy for a mere 59 cents (plus about $4.00 for shipping).

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Hat tip to Joe Marino.

Categories: Books

Where to Get Shroud-Based Art for Christmas

December 4, 2015 3 comments

imageWorks of art by Ray Downing (The Real Face of Jesus) is for sale at Fine Art America. Various display quality formats* are available including folded greeting cards.

CLICK ON IMAGE TO THE RIGHT FOR LARGER VIEW

A 24 x 30 canvas print with metal frame will set you back $351.10. Smaller sizes are available.

Ray Downing is an Emmy winning 3D digital artist. In 2010 he created the Virtual Abraham Lincoln, which was featured in the History Channel special ‘Stealing Lincoln’s Body’. The following year he created a Virtual Jesus using the 3D information found in the Shroud of Turin. The Virtual Jesus appeared in another History Channel special entitled ‘The Real Face of Jesus?’ which was nominated for several international non-fiction awards and has been aired around the world.


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* Canvas, Acrylic, Metal, Poster, Greeting Cards


imageWe also learn from the STERA Facebook page that

In case you missed it, our Backlit Shroud Face transparency in 11" x 14" PhotoGlow Frame is ON SALE until December 31, 2015. Each transparency is mounted in a custom frame only 13/16" thick and is ready to hang. The built-in LED backlighting system is equipped with an inline dimmer that allows you to adjust and control the brightness of the backlight display. Read more [here] … or click on the photo below for details. This is a great gift for those who want to display a truly striking image of the Shroud in their homes or offices.

There is a lot of other stuff at the STERA, Inc. Shroud of Turin Website Store

Categories: Art

New Presentation by Russ Breault

December 3, 2015 2 comments

Russ Breault tells us on the Shroud Encounter Facebook page:

imageI have developed a new presentation specifically for Art museums and schools of art to explore the subject from that perspective. Here is a descriptor of the talk:

Art, Icon or Relic?—The Role of Art in Exploring and Revealing an Ancient Mystery

Is the famous Shroud of Turin the work of a medieval artist? Is it a religious icon or is it a relic of a historical event? No one knows for sure. Explore the mystery from the rich realm of art.

This comprehensive presentation will look at:

• Art as historical depiction
• Art copies of the original
• Influence of the Shroud on Byzantine art
• Comparison of art during the middle ages
• Mechanics of art such as style, technique, substances and process.

Program will make use of over 200 images. 90 minutes

Categories: Presentation

Searching for Papers

December 2, 2015 2 comments

imageA reader writes:

… you know that by typing in “shroud.com/pdfs" you get a list of all of the pdf papers on the site in alphabetical order. This can be useful in doing research. You should let others on your blog know.

Actually, the pdfs directory is not the only place pdf files are stored on the site.

The preferred method, to my way of thinking, is to use the following Google search:

 site:shroud.com/ filetype:pdf

If you want to limit yourself to the pdfs directory (why would you?) modify the command so it reads thus:

site:shroud.com/pdfs/ filetype:pdf

If you want to search elsewhere, you may. For instance:

site:holyshroudguild.org/ filetype:pdf

site:shroudencounter.com/ filetype:pdf

site:shroud.it/ filetype:pdf

With any of these searches, it is a good idea to add some words like shroud or pollen or whatever is your particular interest of the moment.

If you start your search with Google Advanced Search, you can specify a language.

Academia.edu is altogether another matter.   It is a rich archive of papers on the shroud – probably the largest and you’ll find many newer English language papers there – but you can’t search it with Google or any of the other major search engines if you specify a filetype. So don’t. On the other hand, it is a good bet that whatever it is you find in Academia.edu, it will be a PDF file. And using words like Shroud and Turin are a must. For instance the following work well in Google:

site:academia.edu shroud of turin

Categories: Other Sites, Paper Chase

The Blood is Red Because

December 1, 2015 12 comments

hitherto unnoticed details …  experiments … and more

An exciting paper by Adrie A. M. van der Hoeven, Cold Acid Postmortem Blood Most Probably Formed Pinkish-Red Heme-Madder Lake on Madder-Dyed Shroud of Turin has just been published in the Open Journal of Applied Sciences (published 30 November 2015).

The abstract reads:

imageThe Turin Shroud was extensively scientifically investigated in 1978. In its pinkish red bloodstains, normal features of human blood were found, but also seemingly anomalous ones. In the present study, hitherto unnoticed details of the data are presented, Shroud data and more modern reference data are compared, and the results of a few experiments with linen, madder dye and blood are shown. It turns out that the Shroud’s ‘anomalous’ data are strong consistent evidence that its bloodstains contain acid heme-madder lake, of which the heme derived from cold acid postmortem blood and the madder had been applied to the Shroud at manufacture. It implies that the bloodstains were formed on the Shroud before the still not reproduced body-image was. Several other ‘red-color’ hypotheses for the Shroud’s bloodstains are discussed and dismissed.

Taken from the conclusion:

The anomalous features of the Shroud’s bloodstains, instead of being evidence against their authenticity, turn out to be very strong evidence for their authenticity…

This, too:

A few experiments confirmed that much serum can drain from human blood on a cold surface and that human blood is able to form pinkish stains on starched and madder-dyed linen that remain pinkish while simultaneously formed bloodstains on pure linen turn brown. New scientific investigations on the Shroud of Turin with more modern methods and techniques may further corroborate these conclusions.

 

Note:  You can download the PDF from the above link.

Categories: Blood Studies, Paper Chase
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