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Anticipating the Conference: Ray Schneider with a Larger Perspective for Dating the Shroud

June 12, 2014

Raymond Schneider  |  10-Oct-2014  8:00-8:30 am

clip_image001DATING THE SHROUD OF TURIN: WEIGHING ALL THE EVIDENCE

When the Carbon 14 (C14) dating of the Shroud of Turin result was announced in 1988, the tests concluded that the shroud was woven of flax whose age was estimated to be between 1260 and 1390 A.D. This result flew in the face of many expectations of authenticity but was welcomed by many as revealing the shroud to be simply inauthentic and it was then popularly heralded as a "fake." However, this rush to judgment contradicted most of the science and scholarship previously invested in the shroud. It is perhaps a measure of the respect in which C14 dating is held that the finding tended to discredit the earlier work, yet it is a questionable scientific practice to vest one kind of result with such weight as to completely discount the results of a large body of prior work. The present paper seeks a larger perspective by providing an objective account of as many factors as possible to put the issue of dating in a more complete balance. Both the positive and negative evidence for authenticity from a variety of historical, archeological, religious, and scientific domains is presented.

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  1. Hugh Farey
    June 12, 2014 at 5:11 am

    “An objective account…” I wish him well.

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