The Cranky Catholic: This shrouded season

imageThe Cranky Catholic notes that “Easter must be upon us. Why? The media is dragging out new Shroud of Turin stories!

On Thomas de Wesselow’s new book, The Sign: The Shroud of Turin and the Secret of the Resurrection:

[The author] claims that the Shroud is real, and that the picture on it (but not an encounter with the Risen Christ) was what convinced the disciples that Jesus had returned from death.

Now I don’t consider the Twelve bright or sophisticated, but I doubt that a picture on a dirty, bloody piece of cloth would convince me to risk my life proclaiming the Messiah.

And then there is this.

On the other side of the mountain of faith, there’s that bunch of perennial optimists — Italian Scientists! — who (again) claim the Shroud is real:

The scientists set out to "identify the physical and chemical processes capable of generating a colour similar to that of the image on the Shroud." They concluded that the exact shade, texture and depth of the imprints on the cloth could only be produced with the aid of ultraviolet lasers – technology that was clearly not available in medieval times.

Ooh! Ultraviolet lasers! Jesus! What is your frequency? (Dan Rather fans will get the reference)

Note: The ultraviolet lasers story broke at Christmas time. It is just being repeated again.

It’s a two-sips-of-coffee read. The Cranky, Skeptical Catholic.

3 thoughts on “The Cranky Catholic: This shrouded season”

  1. Seems “cranky Catholic” forgot to add arrogant to his bio.I am also a Catholic and know of other Catholics with that same type of arrogance…they seem to feel they have a monopoly on God and think humility is for the weak.Yep,I bet he’s a real joy to work with.

  2. Hey, John, You missed out ignorant; he didn’t catch up with the goofed up sampling for the C14 yet. Interesting what some folk will believe if it sounds like science.

  3. As I’ve repeatedly mentioned, (maybe annoyingly at this point). How can people accept a ‘single’ 14C test as being ‘conclusive’ evidence? Do people not understand 14C testing? …from the very type of ‘same’ comments made by the likes of Cranky Catholic and many, many others…I would answer that, most emphatically, as NO!

    I think people have been ‘duped’ in the promise of radiocarbon dating and it’s relevance to ‘PROOF’ of anything.

    The conclusions reached in 1988 by the people involved in the 14C dating and of it’s conclusive evidence was a STRAIGHTOUT LIE! and misconception…and they knew it. But a gullible world accepted it freely and still do.

    It’s a shame really.

    Ron

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