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Secular Sanity (the moral high ground of Atheism) is bent out of shape over the Shroud of Turin

Sadly, as the author admits, he gets his facts from Joe Nickell:

There is just no end of religious-proselytizing-as-news in the paper. Aug. 23 the Strib had a near-half-page article making it out that the Shroud of Turin might be authentic. This is a letter sent by Marie Alena Castle in response. Will it get printed? Doubtful!

Joe Nickell?  This is great!

Joe is not your “average Joe”, by nature of former occupations of: undercover detective, teacher, draft dodger, river boat manager, carnival promoter, magician, investigator and spokesperson. 

Joe impressed on me the difference between being a scientist and an investigator.  Joe seems to have no significant credentials just as his mentor: James Randi.  In both cases, the lack of single significant credentials is much more than offset by a more important broad area of knowledge.  Joe remarks that a scientist tends to approach an investigation from the narrow view of his own specialty – where as a “jack of all trades” would come up with more avenues of investigation.

Anyways, Secular Sanity » Shroud of Turin easily debunked has a lot of facts wrong. The Atheist, the skeptic, the rationalist must accept the scientific facts just as any Christian should. To deny that the shroud is authentic requires a leap of faith. So does affirmation. But the evidence suggests that it is a late-Second Temple era burial shroud of a crucifixion victim. From that, much can be inferred.

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