The St. Francis Men of Emmaus in Derwood, Maryland are going to be watching the History Channel’s Real Face of Jesus. This may turn out to be one of the best Shroud of Turin presentation going. I would certainly prefer that anyone watch this then listen to one of my boring PowerPoint presentations. (However, if you get a chance to see a presentation on the Shroud by Barrie Schwortz or Russ Breault, don’t miss it). The History Channel DVD’s 3D reconstructions by Ray Downing are well done (unlike some other stuff recently discussed in this blog). Ray Downing just received an Emmy for his skillful work on reconstruction the appearance of Abraham Lincoln.
From St Francis Men of Emmaus blog:
Have you ever wondered what Christ really looked like? I have. So when a couple of St. Francis Church Guys said that they saw a documentary that reconstructed a 3-D image from the Shroud of Turin, I checked it out. It was nothing short of amazing. So, on October 23 and 30, 2010, the Men of Emmaus will be watching and discussing it. Not only does it involve the reconstruction, it includes a lot of background about the Shroud. Although the Church deems it an object worthy of veneration due to the image of suffering, it does not take a position on whether the image is that of Christ or, in fact, has any connection to Him. The documentary lays out the circumstantial evidence, though, and it is compelling.
For me, having a picture helps make Christ more concrete. If He is the visible image of the invisible God, what happens if He is invisible because there are no pictures? Reading the Gospels and picturing that man (as reconstructed) in a particular physical context makes it all so real and gives it an immediacy that it lacked for me beforehand.
So join us as we watch the History Channel reconstruct the Real Face of Jesus.