Folks, you are free to have and hold any opinion, religious belief, anti-religious belief, theory, hypothesis, etc. But when it comes to the Shroud of Turin we need to deal with facts, proper science and objective history. What follows, quoted below, is not. And, frankly, given that I have and hold opinions, as well, I think the quoted paragraph is bizarre. No, I’m not saying I don’t respect the religion of Halbert Katzen and his followers, whatever it is and based on something called The Urantia Book. It becomes bizarre when, as I see it, belief become the evidence in support of the belief. As such, I do not think that it offers credibility to the Shroud of Turin.
Mr. Katzen tells us that the picture at the right was created using an algorithm he created to give us the best possible image of Jesus derived from the Shroud. If that is so, what is the algorithm? Let scientists examine it and work with it. I can see that banding has been minimized. Banding is a technological problem that many Shroud of Turin scientists have struggled with. What is the algorithm? What happens to the 3D data?
The Urantia Book says the angels performed a time-accelerated elemental disintegration of Jesus’ body and this has intriguing correlations with the image found on the Shroud of Turin. It says that Jesus’ resurrected body was like that of angels and that his physical body still lay in the tomb after the resurrection and that the angels were given permission, upon request of an archangel, to cause the accelerated dissolution of his physical remains. This permission was requested and granted so that they would not have to witness the decay of his body. The correlations have primarily to do with the superficial nature of the image and current theories about corona discharge and nuclear medicine imaging . Additionally, there are intriguing correlations related to the Sudarium of Oviedo, a face napkin said to have covered Jesus’ face as part of the burial process.
I’m afraid that we are going to see many peculiar “theories” in the months and years ahead. They are piling up fast. I need to write more and I will.