Could the Shroud become a symbol of interdenominational unity?
Could it even become a symbol of interfaith unity?
David emails to let us know that he has updated The Enigma of the Shroud of Turin website. It is a wonderful update. “The headline,” he writes:
. . . is that the 2010 film is available in eight languages free to watch. All three films are available on the English page. . . .
That would be:
- The Silent Witness
- Material Evidence – The Shroud of Turin
- The Case for the Turin Shroud
Select a flag (on David’s new page) to watch the films.
Now for a MUST READ. David writes in his email:
I have also created an editorial page on which I have posted some (I think) new and possibly controversial ideas. I hope they get some traction and very happy if they raises discussion on your blog.
Read both the main content (The intrinsic value of the Shroud – authentic or not) and the right-hand column (A Campaign).
Here, from the right-hand column, is a snippet of what David posts:
Could the Shroud become a symbol of interdenominational unity? Could it even become a symbol of interfaith unity?
For almost 40 years I have watched the arguments for and against the Shroud’s authenticity ebb and flow. I have seen good friends fall out over them and many dedicated champions of the subject go to their graves without seeing any fundamental change in the status quo. I would like to see some wider recognition for what the Shroud could be before I get too much older and, with an exposition this summer (April 19th to June 24th.) 2015 is an auspicious year for such an aspiration.
Judaism and Islam eschew iconography and there are good reasons for that. The sentimentality of the Jesus of the Sacred Heart has “Disneyfied” Jesus.
Beautiful though it is, even Michaelangelo’s Pieta brings a level of sentimentality that can cloud judgement. Once the first Jewish Christians decided to include pagans in the new religious adventure inevitably the risk of idolisation returned and, I would argue, it did. This has been splendid news for proselytisation and art but bad news for clarity of thought. The austere and (so far) inexplicable shroud image makes no concessions to “art”.