A.G. Harmon, who teaches Shakespeare, Law and Literature and other subjects at The Catholic University of America reviews a book of short stories over at Patheos’ Evangelical Channel. The book is William Baer’s newest book, Times Square and Other Stories. These few words in his posting, The Art of the Authentic: Bill Baer’s Times Square, caught my attention:
The desire to be original is in fact at the heart of our first mistake—a desire not to be God-like, but to be God himself. How fine the line is between imitation and appropriation, between inspiration and theft.
Other stories tease out the same idea, but space permits mentioning only two: In “Shroud,” the drastic consequences of a man’s devotion to the story behind the Shroud of Turin—and to the need for demonstrable proof—is contrasted with the faith that makes that story irrelevant….
How often, in so many ways, do I say this, sometimes out loud? And lately I’ve been wondering how much I mean what I say?
Tip: Google Books will let you sample the book. Click on page 171. It looks interesting.
A newly published book by long-time shroud researcher Stephen J. Mattingly was released yesterday, May 7, 2015. It is available at Amazon.com. The paperback book, How Skin Bacteria Created the Image on the Shroud of Turin is available for $15.00. No other formats such as Kindle have been announced.
The description of the book on Amazon reads:
The hypothesis is that bacteria from the skin of Jesus grew at unusually high levels during his crucifixion and left their excess on the linen surface after the Shroud was removed from the body. Everything that occurred during the crucifixion was essential to producing his image on the Shroud. All the pieces had to fall in place at just the right time. Science and Scripture agree beautifully with the crucifixion of Jesus. They seamlessly weave their combined data points into the linen fabric that we know as the Shroud of Turin.
- Paperback: 84 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (May 7, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1511663588
- ISBN-13: 978-1511663588
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.2 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5.8 ounces
Hat tip to Joe Marino
Being published in English
Scheduled to be released on June 30, Turin Shroud: First Century after Christ by Giulio Fanti and Pierandrea Malfi may now be pre-ordered at Amazon.com. The price for this 500 page, hardcover book is $79.95. No other formats such as Kindle have been announced.
The description of the book at Amazon reads:
The Turin Shroud is the most important and studied relic in the world. Many papers on it have recently appeared in important scientific journals. Scientific studies on the relic until today fail to provide conclusive answers about the identity of the enveloped man and the dynamics regarding the image formation impressed therein. This book not only addresses these issues in a scientific and objective manner but also leads the reader through new search paths. It summarizes the results in a simple manner for the reader to comprehend easily. Many books on the theme have been already published, but none of them contains such a quantity of scientific news and reports. The most important of them is the following: the result of the 1988 radiocarbon dating is statistically wrong and other three new dating methods demonstrate that the Shroud has an age compatible with the epoch in which Jesus Christ lived in Palestine. A numismatic analysis performed on Byzantine gold coins confirms this result. This book is, therefore, very important with respect to the Turin Shroud. It is unique in its genre and a very useful tool for those who want to study the subject deeply.
The following Table of Contents is not included on the Amazon site. It was furnished by an anonymous reader of this blog.
Part 1: Description and Traces of the Sheet that Challenges Science
The Shroud: an identikit
Part 2: The Fascinating Dating Quest
Journey of a flax thread
Inquiries into alternative chemical dating
The Mechanical Multi-Parametric Dating Method
Part 3: Something More about the Shroud
Shroud samples spread for scientific research
Recent and future developments
Additional questions and answers
Appendix: Notes for more interested readers
Book Details from the Amazon site:
- Hardcover: 500 pages
- Publisher: Pan Stanford (June 30, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9814669121
- ISBN-13: 978-9814669122
- Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
It is a MUST READ, Jack Markwardt’s insightful book review of The Coming of the Quantum Christ—The Shroud of Turin and the Apocalypse of Selfishness by John Klotz.
It’s a must read from the first sentence . . .
Readers drawn to literary efforts which provide both intellectual stimulation and eclectic variety will undoubtedly enjoy The Coming of the Quantum Christ—The Shroud of Turin and the Apocalypse of Selfishness, a delightful concoction blended by its author, John Klotz, from such disparate ingredients as the environment, quantum mechanics, and a world-famous relic.
. . . to the last . . .
In doing so, he has effectively thrown a gauntlet at the feet of his skeptical adversaries, challenging them either to concede that the renowned relic is indeed genuine or to submit a counter-closing argument, based upon relevant probative evidence, which not only establishes its medieval origin but also explains the manner in which its mysterious image was created.
With this review, John Klotz is offering a 15% discount for online purchases of his printed book as a special savings for viewers of shroud.com. You need a special code that will allow you to order the book from Create Space (an Amazon Company) for $39.94 (plus shipping). No, I can’t tell you what the code is. Proper Netiquette demands that I link to the appropriate page at shroud.com. CLICK HERE for that page.
This review and discount offer is part of today’s Spring Update of shroud.com.
Only this much is certain: The Shroud of Turin is either the most awesome and
instructive relic of Jesus Christ in existence-showing us in its dark simplicity how
He appeared to men-or it is one of the most ingenious, most unbelievably clever,
products of the human mind and hand on record. It is one or the other; there is
no middle ground."
— Walsh, J.E., "The Shroud," Random House: New York NY, 1963.
As reported on Saturday at Madison.com:
MONROE – John Evangelist Walsh died peacefully on March 19, at the age of 87, in Monroe, with his wife, Dorothy, and son, Timothy, at his bedside.
A true writer’s writer, he published more than 25 books, mostly literary biography and history, including Poe the Detective, which won an Edgar award; Into My Own: The English Years of Robert Frost; Darkling I Listen: The Last Days and Death of John Keats; Midnight Dreary: The Mysterious Death of Edgar Allan Poe, an Edgar nominee; and The Shadows Rise: Abraham Lincoln and the Ann Rutledge Legend, finalist for the Lincoln Prize.
Though not an academic per se, through his intensive research and many publications in certain disciplines, he became part of the scholarly conversations in several fields of study, including Emily Dickinson studies, Abraham Lincoln studies, and the lives and works of Edgar Allan Poe and Robert Frost.
His mind was razor-sharp to the end; at his death he left nine complete unpublished book manuscripts, including books on Emerson, Poe, Robert Frost, the Shroud of Turin, Pearl Harbor, and two mystery novels. He was still writing the day before he died.
Sam Coale, a professor of American Literature at Wheaton Colleges, in a special book review for the Providence Journal, Vatican thriller ‘The Fifth Gospel’ is a divine mystery, tells us:
If you liked Dan Brown’s "The Da Vinci Code," you will revel in this spectacularly intricate, psychologically probing, suspense churning and better written thriller-mystery by the author of "The Rule of Four." It took a decade for Ian Caldwell to write this book, and it’s all worth it with its fascinating analysis of the differences in the gospels, its focus on restoring the discredited Shroud of Turin to Christ’s actual burial cloth, its deliciously labyrinthine Vatican intrigue, its mix of cardinals, archbishops, a dying Pope John Paul II, lawyers, tribunals, priests and violent death.
This is a tale of two brothers, Simon, a tight-lipped, martyr-haunted Roman Catholic priest and diplomat, and Alex Andreou, a Greek Catholic priest whose love for his son knows no bounds, especially since his wife, Mona, left him. Ugo Nogara, an art curator, has discovered the Diatessaron, which has combined all four gospels into a single narrative, a fifth gospel, and may prove that the Shroud is real. He’s found shot dead on a stormy night at the Castel Gandolfo, after which someone breaks into Alex’s apartment.
I’ve been listening to the audio of the book, off and on, while walking the dog. It’s good. Is a movie next? If so and if they don’t deviate too much from the novel, it will be more accurate than CNN’s piece on the shroud.
Read on: Vatican thriller ‘The Fifth Gospel’ is a divine mystery.
As of this morning, March 14, 2015, The Fifth Gospel by Ian Caldwell (Simon & Schuster) is #14 on the New York Times Best Sellers list for hardcover fiction. It has been on the list for one week. Not bad since it has only been available for one week. That is what good PR will do for you. And having been a best selling author, before, doesn’t hurt.
BTW, here, from the NYT, is about as short a description as you can get for this novel:
Two brothers, a Greek Catholic and a Roman Catholic priest, both connected to a controversial museum exhibit about the Shroud of Turin, are at the heart of a mystery set in the Vatican in 2004.
YOU MIGHT THINK, if you have been part of the shroud crowd for a few years, that the Fifth Gospel refers to the shroud. Well, it doesn’t; not in this book. So, now, you are going to have to read it.