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On the Beliefs of Group Captain Cheshire

A reader writes:

I was delighted to read your blog about the BBC report on the Turin Shroud. I have just completed reading the “Biography of Group Captain Cheshire” by Andrew Boyle –“No Passing Glory”.

In this book on page 370 , Andrew Boyle makes a comment about the beliefs of Mr Cheshire, which I really like.


“By and large the Englishman doesn’t respond well to an argument from reason alone. He responds much better to something that moves his will, and that is precisely what the Holy Shroud does. It excites the intellect by providing direct evidence of the Death and Passion of our Lord and circumstantial evidence of his Resurrection.”

There are pious and learned men who accept it for what it purports to be. There are others, equally pious and learned, who do not. It is essentially an open question.

From Wikipedia:

Group Captain Geoffrey Leonard Cheshire, Baron Cheshire, VC, OM, DSO and Two Bars,DFC (7 September 1917 – 31 July 1992) was a highly decorated British RAF pilot during the Second World War.

Among the honours he received as a bomber pilot is the Victoria Cross, the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces. After the war, he became a charity worker, setting up the Leonard Cheshire Disability as well as other philanthropic organisations. . . .

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