imageA reader writes:

Please tell Dr. Di Lazzaro (real scientist) how admirably professional he appears compared to Dr. Nickell (PhD in literature) with his latest remarks, complete with misunderstood biblical wisdom. Should we tell the great skeptic that the meaning in Matthew 23:24 has Jesus saying, ‘You blind guides, straining out a gnat and swallowing a camel.’ Dr. Nickell, having just swallowed the camel, is his own worst enemy. Let it drop.

Yes, this really is a picture of Dr. Nickell playing scientist. It is a publicity shot provided by him. I kid you not.

What Nickell writes:

"Di Lazzaro equates the depth of colored coatings that were stripped from surface fibers (using adhesive tape) with the depth of penetration that might be determined by cross-sectioning of actual threads, then asserts that a single fiber’s examination (still apparently not cross-sectioned) has ‘confirmed’ the dubious claims. Given the tremendous evidence against the ‘shroud’ — its incompatibility with Jewish burial practices, lack of historical record, bishop’s report of the forger’s confession, the still-bright-red ‘blood’ which failed forensic serological tests, the presence of pigments and paints throughout the image, three laboratories’ radiocarbon dating of the cloth to the time of the confession (1260–1390), and much additional evidence — it would seem that Di Lazzaro is straining at a gnat and attempting to swallow a camel. Let him produce a shroudlike image according to whatever theory he can muster, and we’ll talk again."

Source: Cosmic Log – Was Holy Shroud created in a flash? Italian researchers resurrect claim