5:11 mark: “… first, I’m going to talk about good science and bad science. We’ll contrast them. And I’ll give you some examples of good science and bad science…. You’ll have then the
rules … I’ll give you the story of one particular person’s research on the
Shroud of Turin and let you judge….”
This lecture by Joel Bernstein, Global Distinguished Professor of Chemistry at NYU Abu Dhabi, was given in May of 2014. It was published on YouTube three days ago where it has so far been watched only nineteen times, including by me. It runs one hour and thirteen minutes, including questions.
From the YouTube description:
This talk explores the tension between scientific fact and religious faith in the identification and verification of a sacred relic. Many catholic cathedrals and churches can claim some relic associated with Christ. The sanctity of the religious institution is enhanced by proximity of the relic to the time and place of Christ’s life. However, the source and history of many of these relics are often cloaked in mystery due to the scanty historical record. One of the most famous is the treasured Shroud of the Cathedral of Turin. In the 1970’s, authorities overseeing the Shroud enlisted a team of scientists to examine and presumably to verify its source and history. Some of the conclusions drawn from that study, and the absence or presence of scientific evidence for those conclusions, has led to perhaps the quintessential conflict between acceptance of the validity and veracity of the scientific method on the one hand, and religious belief and faith on the other.
Global Distinguished Professor of Chemistry, NYUAD
A couple of days ago on the Shroud Encounter Facebook page, Russ Breault posted a YouTube video from the Smithsonian Channel, Why the Vatican Believes in the Shroud of Turin. Russ wrote, “This is seriously cool. I hope we can fully validate these findings.”
The video was published about two and half years ago and in that time has only received about 3,350 viewings. That is surprising for the Smithsonian Channel which has over a quarter millions subscribers.
I was reminded of what was probably the shortest posting to ever appear on this blog . Back in April of 2011, a reader asked:
I’ve been reading your blog religiously for months. Why do you keep saying that you don’t see writing even though Vatican expert Barbara Frale does?
I replied. “Because I don’t see it.”
Nothing has changed in my mind. Anyway, enjoy the video. It is less than three minutes long.
A couple of posting you might want to check out:
Russ Breault, via his Shroud Encounter Facebook page, informs us about an EWTN video, World Over – 2015-04-02 – Investigation the Shroud with Raymond Arroyo that was published on April 6, 2015. I can’t recall seeing this before. Thanks, Russ.
The brief description at YouTube reads, “A look at the mysterious linen thought to be the burial cloth of Christ, the Shroud of Turin. An encore of Raymond Arroyo’s special report: Investigating the Shroud.”
Here is an interview of Russ Breault by Simon Brown. It was published September 15, 2015. It is about 51 minutes long.
You may recall a posting, Promotion for The Holy Winding Sheet: Exploring the Shroud of Turin from June 21, this year. You can now order the DVD from the EWTN Religious Catalog. Here is the description:
HOLY WINDING SHEET: EXPLORING THE SHROUD OF TURIN
Parker Dow, as part of his senior thesis at a St. Louis high school, chose to investigate the Shroud of Turin over a 6-month period. His research focused on that of five leading experts in the field, who all concluded that the Shroud was indeed the burial cloth of Our Lord. This fascinating documentary is a contemporary look at a sacred mystery, 2,000 years in the making. 1 disc / 1 hr . (CC)
Item #: HDHWS
Published on Aug 24, 2015: Presentation given by Barrie Schwortz founder of https://www.shroud.com and a member of the team that carried out research on the Shroud in 1978. Presentation was given at The Ahmadiyya Annual Convention 2015 in Alton, Hampshire UK.
Rizwan Shabir uploaded this to YouTube and for some reason blocked embedding; so when you click on the image you will be taken to YouTube.
Simon Brown has posted the following 36 minute YouTube entitled, Barrie Schwortz carefully confesses to the Muslim faith he believes Jesus died part 2 Q&A. It includes video of Pam Moon and Hugh Farey answering questions, as well.
The YouTube page includes this culturally insensitive description:
I Simon Brown was there and filmed Barrie Schwortz testifying this important fact and was concerned they may crucify us on the spot when they listened to Barrie Schwortz saying this that goes against their faith. Praise God we all made it back alive.