CSI Jerusalem: The case of the missing body

imageThis caught my attention in a write up in Catholic Spirit about Russ Breault’s upcoming Minneapolis visit:

What are audiences most fascinated with during your presentations?

A subtitle of “Shroud Encounter” is “CSI Jerusalem: The case of the missing body.” The audience is intrigued as the mystery is peeled back layer by layer. There are many “ah ha” moments throughout. It is a roller coaster ride of mystery and intrigue, of science and history, of insight and inspiration. Using nearly 200 images, it is a high-speed journey they will not soon forget.

Russ’  schedule in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis.

  • Two presentations are open to families: 7-9 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 29, at Providence Academy, 15100 Schmidt Lake Road, Plymouth; and 9-10 a.m. Thursday, March 1, at Holy Family Catholic Church, 5900 W. Lake St., St. Louis Park, after morning Mass.
  • Two presentations are for fathers and sons, only: 7-9 p.m. Thursday, March 1, at Ss. Peter and Paul in Loretto; and 7-9 p.m. Friday, March 2, at St. Michael in St. Michael.

Bertrand Russell comes to mind

imageColin Berry writes, The Turin Shroud Man IS a scorchograph – and I challenge anyone to prove otherwise…:

I challenge anyone out there – in the world of science and/or the blogosphere – Dr.Di Lazzaro and his ENSA colleagues (with their busted flush radiation model), Dan Porter, Barrie Schwortz  etc. etc.-  to prove me wrong. But please read the preceding post before rattling off those same old checklists …

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PS: at the risk of appearing immodest (a pointless attribute with which I have rarely been afflicted) I believe this to be the first time that a piece of start-to-finish scientific research has been reported in real-time on the internet, encompassing the postings on my new site here, and the 20 or so previous ones on my science buzz site (see side bar).

We have so many hypotheses from Corona Discharge to photographs directly on linen to reverse bleaching to acid etched fibrils by people who are convinced they are right. It helps if one can ignore checklists, or facts and observations as scientists tend to call such things. He seems to be mostly guessing.

Bertrand Russell comes to mind:

If I were to suggest that between the Earth and Mars there is a china teapot revolving about the sun in an elliptical orbit, nobody would be able to disprove my assertion provided I were careful to add that the teapot is too small to be revealed even by our most powerful telescopes. But if I were to go on to say that, since my assertion cannot be disproved, it is intolerable presumption on the part of human reason to doubt it, I should rightly be thought to be talking nonsense.

No, I don’t need to prove Colin wrong. Why should I not instead declare the image a miracle and challenge Colin to prove me wrong.

The coloration is a caramel-like product or the product of an amino/carbonyl reaction

imageNice, neat summary from jonam mk in Madurai,Tamil nadu,India:

The Shroud’s images are superficial and fully contained within a thin layer of starch fractions and saccharides that coats the outermost fibers of the Shroud. The coloration is a caramel-like product or the product of an amino/carbonyl reaction. Where there is no image, the carbohydrate coating is clear. There is also a very faint image of the face on the reverse side of the Shroud which lines up with the image on the front of the cloth. There is no image content between the two superficial image layers indicating that nothing soaked through to form the image on the other side.

Pretty much what I think. Actually those are my exact words. That is the world of blogging. And it is fine with me. A link would have been nice, something  like http://www.shroudstory.com/faq/

New Book coming out on the Shroud of Turin in Portugal

imageCentro Português de Sindonologia is very proud to announce the release of a new book about the Shroud of Turin written by Shroud researcher the medical doctor Dr. Antero de Frias Moreira who is also membership of the Portuguese Catholic Medical Association.

This book entitled «Sudário de Turim mortalha de Cristo ou fraude medieval?» ( in english Shroud of Turin, shroud of Christ or medieval hoax ?) comes from publisher «Editora Edium» and intends to be an unbiased and updated scientific approach of the main controversies namely the 1988 radiocarbon dating of the Shroud till most updated investigation works from Professor Raymond Rogers and Dr. Robert Villareal.

Skeptic image production theories namely the da Vinci theory and the recent Garlaschelli’s shroud are explained discussed and debunked so the reader understands why they are preposterous.

McCrone’s painting theory deserves a thorough analysis in a specific chapter so it can be dismissed once and for all.

The image and red stains on the Shroud are approached from a microscopic, chemical and physical point of view, and pollens, flower and coin images are discussed in a balanced way.

The basis for rational image formation theories are also presented and discussed.

The scientific trail is described from the stunning negative photographic findings of Secondo Pia in 1898 to the last image developments by Dr Soons and the Hologram of the Man of the Shroud and the amazing Dr. Ray Downing’s work.

Ancient crucifixion practices and forensic analysis of the image of the Man of the Shroud are not neglected.

On the historical trail the reader will be able to understand the basis for a connection of the «Edessa Cloth» with the Constantinople’s «shroud of Christ» and this one with the actual Shroud of Turin, and main historical episodes relative to the relic including a realistic telling of King Abgar legend.

Ancient jewish burial practices, ancient liturgical eastern rites, byzantine art and even the Holy Grail and their possible relationship to the Shroud of Turin are described in specific chapters.

The author provides the readers an impressive medical and scientific depiction of the «Way to the Cross of the Man of the Shroud» describing all the horrible sufferings endured by the man whose body was wrapped in that Shroud.

Al last readers are able to draw their own conclusions why and to whom belongs the image depicted on the Shroud of Turin and if it is the Shroud of Christ or a medieval hoax.

The information conveyed is backed by a huge amount of literary sources, websites, scientific and historic articles including skeptic ones references are included in the text.

The book will be released in Portugal next Easter. Would it be worth thinking of an English translation?

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Would it be worth thinking about an English translation? I think so.

More and more on the Vignon markings on coins

imageStephen Jones continues his four proofs:

The faces of Jesus on these coins are of two types: an earlier "Syrian Christ" and a later more Shroud-like Jesus. [ibid] Features on the coins which are very similar to the face of the Man of the Shroud include: long wavy shoulder-length hair, a long forked beard, moustache, and a small tuft of hair on the forehead, and no ears visible. [2] As can be seen above, there are at least twelve out of fifteen Vignon markings on the Christ face of this coin that are also found on the Shroud of Turin: "… (2) three-sided `square’ between brows, (3) V shape at bridge of nose, … (6) accentuated left cheek, (7) accentuated right cheek, (8) enlarged left nostril, (9) accentuated line between nose and upper lip, (10) heavy line under lower lip, (11) hairless area between lower lip and beard, (12) forked beard, (13) transverse line across throat, (14) heavily accentuated owlish eyes, (15) two strands of hair." [3] See part #2 (1) .

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Since these coins are datable to about AD 692, and the Shroud is the original because what are physical flaws in its cloth have been meaninglessly represented [7] – see part #2 (1) – in Byzantine art works between the sixth and twelfth centuries, this means that the Shroud must have been in existence at least five centuries before the earliest AD 1260 date ascribed to it by the 1988 radiocarbon dating. [8] Therefore that "medieval … AD 1260-1390" radiocarbon date of the Shroud [9] simply has to be wrong!

This is great stuff.

It comes to mind that we need a single sheet pictorial inventory of the most significant Byzantine coins so we can stare at them all together. 

Jones’ stuff: The Shroud of Turin: Four proofs that the AD 1260-1390 radiocarbon date for the Shroud has to be wrong!: #2 The Vignon markings (3)

Pope 2 You Tweet

imageCathy Lynn Grossman writes in USA Today:

Take a chirpy approach to Lent. Pope Benedict XVI has begun tweeting daily for the season of repentance leading up to Easter, according to Vatican Radio.

Here’s an RT:

@Pope2YouVatican: BXVI: The Lenten season offers us once again an opportunity to reflect upon the very heart of Christian life: charity. #Lent

Benedict, the first pope to tweet, started on Twitter last June with a 140-character shout out to Jesus.

Source: Vatican tweets pope’s message daily for Lent

Shroud Encounter coming to the Richmond, Virginia area in March

Russ Breault and his SHROUD ENCOUNTER comes to J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College, East Parham Road Campus, in Richmond, VA on Thursday, March 8th at 6:00 PM in the LTC Auditorium. Send this video to all who may interested in seeing this fascinating presentation.

Notice the exciting video announcing his presentation. Russ tells me that such videos will now be a part of the publicity plan for his talks. Wow, does this look great.

Shroud Encounter Promo–J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College–East Parham Road Campus from Russ Breault on Vimeo.