The headline with the exclamation mark: “Holy Shroud! Was resurrection story inspired by the cloth?”
MSNBC Science Editor Alan Boyle who provided the most balanced treatment of the ENEA story last December in his massively popular science blog, Cosmic Log, now writes Was resurrection story inspired by the cloth?
"It’s breathtakingly astonishing," said Joe Nickell, a senior research fellow at the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry who has written extensively about the shroud. "He’s clearly not a doubting Thomas. He’s come up with some rather silly ideas, and then as people often do, he’s fallen in love with them."
Meanwhile, in a column about the shroud, the Catholic Herald’s Francis Phillips basically brushed off de Wesselow’s views, saying they were "too eccentric to reproduce here."
Legends and lore for Easter
"The Sign" is the latest example of shroud lore that comes out during the Easter season, just around the time when millions of Christians are dwelling on the story of Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection. (I’m linking to other examples at the end of this item.) The Shroud of Turin has a clear line of provenance going back to around 1390, but when you try to go further back, you can easily get swept up in tales of the Knights Templar and legendary relics like the Veil of Veronica and the Holy Mandylion.