At nogod.tribe.net we can encounter a statement like this in a post entitled Does science make belief in God obsoleter:
I do find amusement with the “Shroud of Turin”, as it has been shown to be from a different time, and even if it were not…there were plenty of crucifixions done back then, in the same way, but…that silly sheet just has to be the “son of god’s”, even though the image is of a much older man, lol.
The problem is how unscientific the statement is. First of all it has not been shown to be from another time. Here are Two Science Quotes on the Shroud of Turin
There is a lot of other evidence that suggests to many that the shroud is older than the radiocarbon dates allow, and so further research is certainly needed. Only by doing this will people be able to arrive at a coherent history of the shroud which takes into account and explains all of the available scientific and historical information.
- Christopher Ramsey, head of the Oxford Radiocarbon Accelerator Unit which participated in the 1988 Carbon 14 Dating of the Shroud. ( May 2008 )
[T]he [1988 carbon 14] age-dating process failed to recognize one of the first rules of analytical chemistry that any sample taken for characterization of an area or population must necessarily be representative of the whole. The part must be representative of the whole. Our analyses of the three thread samples taken from the Raes and C-14 sampling corner showed that this was not the case.
- Robert Villarreal, Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) chemist who headed a team of nine scientists who at LANL examined material from the carbon 14 sampling region. ( August 2008 )
As for the comment that the shroud image is of a much older man, since when is a personal impression science. And as for it has to be “son of god,” you win no point with the lower case – even grammatically I capitalize Atheist just as I would Christian), that is not so. We don’t that, we can’t know that, but there is room for inference. For more information on the carbon dating and history see: Shroud of Turin Fact Check