imageStephen Jones is now on part 8 of [His] critique of Charles Freeman’s "The Turin Shroud and the Image of Edessa: A Misguided Journey," part 8: "The Turin Shroud and the Image of Edessa". He makes an interesting point about Charles Freeman’s assertion of a Byzantine taboo on showing Christ dead:

But Freeman does not go far enough: if the Turin Shroud had not already existed in every age since the first century, depictions of Christ naked, bloodstained, and having died an horrific death by crucifixion, would never have been created at all, let alone venerated, because "The theological counter-attack would have been overwhelming"!

Yes, but how true is the assertion? How true, not if true!