New Presentation by Russ Breault

Russ Breault tells us on the Shroud Encounter Facebook page:

imageI have developed a new presentation specifically for Art museums and schools of art to explore the subject from that perspective. Here is a descriptor of the talk:

Art, Icon or Relic?—The Role of Art in Exploring and Revealing an Ancient Mystery

Is the famous Shroud of Turin the work of a medieval artist? Is it a religious icon or is it a relic of a historical event? No one knows for sure. Explore the mystery from the rich realm of art.

This comprehensive presentation will look at:

• Art as historical depiction
• Art copies of the original
• Influence of the Shroud on Byzantine art
• Comparison of art during the middle ages
• Mechanics of art such as style, technique, substances and process.

Program will make use of over 200 images. 90 minutes

Dematerialization you can’t argue with

Russ Breault to speak in Chester, Illinois


imageThe following poster tells us that my good friend Russ Breault will be speaking at a Supernatural Seminar Friday and Saturday, November 13 and 14, 2015, at the First Baptist Church in Chester, Illinois. Chester is a town on the Mississippi River about an hour’s drive south of St.Louis.

I notice, too, that the Senior Pastor at Sunrise Baptist Church in Las Vegas, Nevada, will be talking about UFO’s, Aliens and Demons. While it depends on who you believe, it should be noted nonetheless that in 1977, Chester was destroyed in a UFO attack. Wikipedia tells us:

In the January 1978 issue of Official UFO Pulp Fiction Magazine, editor Myron Fass claimed that UFOs had attacked and entirely destroyed (or in his words ‘Destructed’) the town of Chester, Illinois, on the night of August 2, 1977. After mainstream Press reporters interviewed Chester residents, who obviously suffered no UFO attack, Fass claimed the aliens had instantly rebuilt the town and erased most residents’ memories of the attack.[13]

Now. that is dematerialization you can’t argue with.


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The picture of the church is from a Google car drive-by in August 2013.

Battle of the Chemists

Updated since posting:  Try Battle of the Chemists. This is a download of the Power Point.


imageIn the past two days there have been some comments about Adler, Heller and McCrone in the posting, It’s the Curmudgeon in Me.

Here is a link to a PPT presentation Russ Breault did for the American Chemical Society many years ago.  It compares McCrone’s findings and methodology with that of Heller and Adler.

Note: With Windows 10 I can only view the presentation with Google Chrome. Microsoft Edge fails to format correctly. I have not tried any other browsers.

Here is the Table of Contents:

  1. The Shroud of Turin
  2. McCrone
  3. Battle of the Chemists  -  Whose science is better?
  4. The Chemistry Controversy
  5. Adler and Heller Summarized
  6. Procedures
  7. Controls
  8. Incidental Debris
  9. Question
  10. Microscopic Characteristics
  11. More on Iron Oxide
  12. Organic Pigments?
  13. The Body Image
  14. Similar chemistry to a light scorch
  15. Blood Images
  16. Characteristics
  17. Control Samples
  18. Blood Chemistry
  19. Red Particles
  20. Iron Particles
  21. Why Iron Oxide?
  22. Random Particles
  23. Summary
  24. Last Word on McCrone

The Definitive Word on 3D from OK?

In essence, Jackson & Jumper took the crude photo of the Shroud, determined location of 13 characteristic points on the face, determined their vertical coordinates on the model, determined the relative intensity of those points with VP-8 (much more primitive than ImageJ we use today), plotted linear regression, obtaining as a parameter max range of 3.7 cm, calculated correlation coefficient, determining that almost certainly there is at least some correlation, and then compared it with the profile for the whole front image of the Shroud. Simple technique, but remarkable achievement.

imageThat paragraph above is from the 29th slide in a self-paced, fully explained, fully comprehendible four-part presentation, 3D properties of the Shroud revised by regular participant O.K.

        Take the time to read this presentation carefully.
          Is this the definitive final word on the 3D properties of the shroud? No. For one thing it is unfinished, as O.K. tells us. O.K. promises to respond to our comments and questions and add to the presentation. So look for more.
          In my mind, this a very important presentation on the 3D properties of the shroud, perhaps the most important one so far.

        Am I convinced? Yes and no. I am convinced that the 3D means data is there. Smooth the image data, but not too little or too much, and you have, in essence, a height-field (my terminology, not O.K.’s).  Sure, it easy to imagine that this means that the data somehow represents body to cloth distance.  A carefully calculated correlation doesn’t make it so, however. It could be that there are other possible reasons even though I don’t have any strong ideas about what they might be.

        imageBy-the-way: I love the slide pictured to the right and the wording in the very next slide. It demonstrates that O.K. clearly understands the smoothing issue. Not many people do:

All right, I cheated. Here is the same image, but this time using ‘Thermal LUT’ instead of ‘Original colors’

[See  Part 1, slides 19 & 20 ]

As you can see, the image is blurred too much -too high smoothing applied, and a lot information is gone. We have a handy image in original colors, but actually disastrous 2D resolution.

Facebook: Barrie Schwortz on Indianapolis

He reports on Facebook:

Last Saturday I gave two sold-out presentations at the truly amazing Children’s Museum of Indianapolis and got to see their beautiful National Geographic Sacred Journey’s Exhibit in person. The museum curators expanded the basic exhibit and added a lifesize replica of the Shroud, which you can see on display in the photo below. The exhibit runs until February 2016 and is definitely worth seeing. I’ll include a full report in our next website update. (See the September 3rd posting below for links). Photo ©2015 Children’s Museum of Indianapolis

Other coverage in this blog includes:

Russ Breault at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte Next Week

Free and open to the public

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Two Shroud of Turin Presentations in Skokie on September 20

Also see previous posting, Russ Breault’s Shroud Encounter in Chicago September 19

Press Release: (Click on Posters for Larger View)

imageimageThe Shroud of Turin Education Project, Inc. will be presenting two unique presentations at St. Lambert Parish located at 8148 Karlov Ave in Skokie, IL on Sunday, September 20th at 2:00 PM.  A free will offering is requested to cover expenses.St

The first presentation is called:  The Day the Shroud Foiled Hitler which documents the seven years from 1939 to 1946 when the Shroud was secretly taken out of Turin to keep it away from Adolph Hitler. 

Hitler was obsessed with finding religious artifacts with the belief they would give him supernatural power in his bid for world conquest.  In 1938, Hitler visited Italy and his trip included Turin. His henchmen began asking questions about the King’s prized relic, The Shroud of Turin.  When Hitler invaded Poland the next year, the sacred cloth was secretly taken to a monastery south of Rome.  In 1943, the Nazis came looking for it, first in Turin and then later at the monastery. 

Russ Breault documents this chapter of history and how Hitler first obtained the “Spear of Destiny” kept in Austria.  He also searched for the Holy Grail but to no avail.  What drove his obsession?  This intriguing new big screen presentation tells the story. 

The second presentation is called:  Seven Secrets of the Sacred Shroud and will look at seven compelling theological-apologetic reasons why the Shroud is most likely the authentic burial cloth of Jesus. 

Both presentations are a production of the Shroud of Turin Education Project, Inc. and will be presented by international expert Russ Breault.

Mr. Breault has been featured in several national documentaries seen on CBS, History Channel and Discovery.  He was interviewed this year for Good Morning America to discuss the latest research.  He has presented at numerous colleges and universities including Duke, West Point, Johns Hopkins, Penn State and many others. See ShroudEncounter.com for more info.

The Shroud was largely dismissed in 1988 when three carbon dating labs indicated a medieval origin. However chemical research published in a peer reviewed scientific journal in 2005 showed that the single sample cut from the outside corner edge may not have been part of the original Shroud material. In violation of the sampling protocol, only one sample was used for dating and was cut from the most handled area of the cloth, an area that should have been avoided. The sample may have been part of a section that was repaired sometime during the Middle Ages. Many scientists now believe the carbon dating result is inconclusive and should no longer be considered valid.

Adding more doubt to the carbon dating tests, new chemical and mechanical tests published in 2013 by Italian scientists with Padua University indicate a date range of 280 BC to 220 AD. 

The mystery continues. National Geographic called it "One of the most perplexing enigmas of modern times." 

Russ Breault’s Shroud Encounter in Chicago September 19

The following poster has all the details for an upcoming fundraiser for Our Lady of Victory Catholic High School in Chicago. CLICK HERE for more information from the school’s website. Click on the calendar entry for Shroud Encounter.  (Also see the next posting in this blog)

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New YouTube Presentation: Is the Shroud a Medieval Forgery?

Here is a new slide presentation on YouTube from Third Column Ministries called The Shroud of Turin: a medieval forgery?  Published September 1, 2015, it is about one hour and fifteen minutes long.

Link to video on YouTube

Barrie Schwortz to Speak in Indianapolis on September 19

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We learn from the website of the Children’s Museum in Indianapolis that Barrie Schwortz will be making two presentations about the shroud on September 19:

BSchwortz  2128x2832Barrie Schwortz, one of the world’s leading experts on the Shroud of Turin, takes you behind-the- scenes to learn about the scientific investigation and history of what many Christians believe to be the burial cloth of Jesus Christ. In 1978, Schwortz served as documenting photographer for the Shroud of Turin Research Project, the first-ever, in-depth scientific examination of the cloth. Schwortz’s original images were used to create a replica of the Shroud now on display in our newest exhibit, National Geographic Sacred Journeys.

The presentations are free with museum admission but advance registration is required. The 11 a.m. presentation is recommended for adults and families with children, 10+. Groups of 20 or more receive a 20% discount by calling 317.334.4000.

Presentation 1

  • 11 a.m. in Lilly Theater
  • Presentation is approximately 1 hour in length and an additional 30 minutes for questions.
  • Add to Cart
  • Important Note: Museum admission is also required for this event. Add Museum Admission

SOLD OUT: Presentation 2

  • 2 p.m. in Lilly Theater
  • The 2 p.m. presentation is sold out. Please call 317-334-4000 for any questions.
  • Recommended for adults. Presentation is approximately 1.5 hours in length with a half hour question-and-answer session. Schwortz, an Orthodox Jew, began as a skeptic of the shroud, but by scientific evidence became absolutely convinced of its authenticity. In this presentation, Schwortz also shares his personal journey from skeptic to believer.

Earlier posting:  National Geographic Sacred Journeys Exhibit in Indianapolis

Russ Breault to Speak in Ludington, Michigan

imageWe learn from the Ludington Daily News (Western Michigan) that Russ Breault will be presenting Shroud Encounter at St. Simon Catholic Church this month.

Area residents and visitors will have two chances later this month to learn about the Shroud of Turin from an expert on the artifact who has attended all three public shroud exhibitions in Turin, Italy.

Russ Breault, who has been researching and lecturing on the Shroud of Turin for more than 30 years, will present Shroud Encounter at St. Simon Catholic Church at 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 22 and at noon Sunday, Aug. 23.

Does it Matter if the Shroud is a Fake?

imageThe BBC has published an interesting presentation by Caroline Wyatt on their iWonder website. Click on the image or HERE to see it.

Tens of millions of pilgrims – including several popes – have visited the Shroud of Turin. This mysterious and celebrated cloth has provoked both controversy and devotion.

While devotees believe it is Jesus’ burial cloth, others are convinced it’s a medieval forgery. Whatever the truth behind their origins, why do some objects like the shroud generate such devotion and awe among believers?

If You Will Be in Indianapolis on July 11

imageThis appears in the Daily Journal (Indianapolis Area):

Franciscan St. Francis Health-Indianapolis will host a free presentation about the famed Shroud of Turin on July 11.

The shroud is an ancient linen showing a faint image of what appears to be a crucifixion victim whom many believe to be Jesus of Nazareth. Some say it’s a forgery and hoax, but scholars have spent many years studying the artifact to research its authenticity.

Barrie Schwortz, an Orthodox Jew, is considered one of the world’s leading experts and will share his expertise and experiences at a free public event starting at 9:15 a.m. in the hospital’s basement auditorium, 8111 S. Emerson Ave., Indianapolis.

Schwortz, a professional technical photographer, was invited to participate in the first in-depth scientific examination of the cloth, known as the Shroud of Turin Research Project, in 1978. He was a skeptic at first but later became convinced of the shroud’s authenticity based on scientific evidence.

In 2009, Schwortz founded the Shroud of Turin Education and Research Association, an organization that publishes fact-based information. In addition to this extensive online resource, the group maintains a vast collection of scientific and historical material crucial to the continuing study of the shroud.

Again: John Jackson to Discuss His 50 Years of Research

In case you missed the announcement on April 13

In a posting on the San Antonio Shroud Expo Facebook page we learn that on May 2, 2015,  from 10:30am to 12:30pm, at the Convention Center in San Antonio (see poster below):

Dr Jackson, the leading Shroud researcher and Mastermind of STURP will do a conference about his 50 year research experience. Limited seating capacity. Reserve your ticket online starting the 14th of April, at www.shroudexpo.com.

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Cape May in April

If you will be in the area, you should attend. Cape May is, after all, only 2 hours and 43 minutes from Manhattan on the Garden State Parkway and 1 hour and 32 minutes from Philadelphia if you use the Atlantic City Expressway.

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If You Will Be in Tonawanda on Sunday

Skurka … believes that ultimately he will demonstrate that the 1988 radiocarbon dating results "are proof of the resurrection of Christ."

clip_image001The Niagara Falls Reporter informs us, Skurka to Speak on Shroud of Turin: Is it Real or Ruse?

Former Niagara Falls City Engineer, and Knight Templers scholar, Jeffrey Skurka, will lecture on the Shroud of Turin at Saint Amelia’s Roman Catholic Church, 225 St Amelia Drive, in Tonawanda, NY this Sunday, April 19, at 10 a.m., and noon, in the cafeteria. Skurka addresses the long standing debate over whether the Shroud of Turin is the authentic burial cloth of Jesus Christ or a medieval forgery.

I hope he has fixed his mistake by now. See Should a St. Louis Conference Paper be Withdrawn?  And read the comments, not just in the posting but to the posting.

John Jackson to Discuss His 50 Years of Research

You can order tickets starting today.

And this just in from a posting on the San Antonio Shroud Expo Facebook page. On May 2, 2015,  from 10:30am to 12:30pm, at the Convention Center in San Antonio (see poster below):

Dr Jackson, the leading Shroud researcher and Mastermind of STURP will do a conference about his 50 year research experience. Limited seating capacity. Reserve your ticket online starting the 14th of April, at www.shroudexpo.com.

A user's photo.

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If You Will Be in the Pittsburgh on April 11 or 12

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If You Will Be in the Oklahoma City Area on April 18 or 19

imageThe Norman Transcript reports:

Shroud Encounter will come 7:30 p.m. April 18 to St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, 900 S. Littler Ave. in Edmond, and 2 p.m. April 19 to St. Joseph Catholic Church, 211 N. Porter Ave. in Norman.

Admission is $10. A museum-quality, life-size replica will be on display. Proceeds will benefit OK Catholic Radio 97.3 FM.

Shroud Encounter is a production of the Shroud of Turin Education Project Inc. and will be presented by international expert Russ Breault. The presentation is a fast-moving, big-screen experience using more than 200 images covering all aspects of Shroud research.

Breault has been featured in several national documentaries seen on CBS, the History Channel and Discovery. He was interviewed last year for “Good Morning America” to discuss the latest research. He has presented at numerous colleges and universities, including Duke, West Point, Johns Hopkins and Penn State. For more information, see ShroudEncounter.com.

Norman and Edmond are towns adjacent to Oklahoma City. Just follow the tumbleweed along Interstate 35.

Ray Schneider’s Five Part Eight Hour Course on the Shroud of Turin

imageRuss Breault writes:

Dr. Ray Schneider taught a five episode course on the Shroud at Bridgewater College in Virginia.  At the conference in St. Louis, I asked him to tape it and told him I would create a page on Shroud U for his course.  Well it is now complete and is an excellent addition to the site….

CLICK HERE, where we read:

This course on the Shroud of Turin will give you a comprehensive understanding of the mysteries surrounding this artifact which is widely believed to be either the actual shroud which enveloped Jesus of Nazareth in the tomb or some sort of masterful forgery intended to convey that impression. Our course will cover what is known about the shroud from a multidisciplinary perspective. Without neglecting the religious viewpoint we will examine the shroud from the viewpoint of the science that has been done, from the history that has been adduced, from forensic medical science, as well as the many speculations about faint and elusive markings. We will touch on all the attempts by both those who accept authenticity and those who seek to understand how it might have been forged. At the end of our journey you will be fully equipped to make your own informed decision.

On Russ’ site you will find video links, presentation charts (as PowerPoint and PDF files) and handouts.

The Lone Ranger in Phoenix Later This Month

imageThe Catholic Sun, the official newspaper of the Diocese of Phoenix asks in a headline, Real or phony? Replica of Shroud of Turin on display at two parishes:

The faithful will have several upcoming opportunities to venerate a replica of the Shroud of Turin on display at two parishes in the Diocese of Phoenix and learn about the mysterious cloth.

In 1978, a team of 24 scientists examined the shroud for five days. They released a statement in 1981 that declared, “We can conclude for now that the shroud image is that of a real human form of a scourged, crucified man. It is not the product of an artist. The blood stains are composed of hemoglobin and also give a positive test for serum albumin.”

A carbon dating test performed in 1988, however, revealed fibers from the cloth dated from the around the 13th century. Those who insist in the veracity of the shroud say that the carbon dating tests were performed on a portion of the cloth that was rewoven during the Middle Ages and are therefore misleading.

clip_image001And to set the record straight, your and my favorite Lone Ranger (the paper didn’t call him that. I did):

International researcher and lecturer Russ Breault has been studying the shroud for over 25 years and founded the Shroud of Turin Education Project. Breault will present “The Shroud Encounter” at 2 p.m. March 29 at St. Steven Parish in Sun Lakes. Admission to the event is $10 with proceeds supporting the building of the parish’s new sanctuary.

While it is a fitting image, lone as in Lone Ranger doesn’t work. There is Barrie Schwortz who just this past Thursday and Friday lectured in Windsor (as we previously announced) and a host of others. But then again there were many Texas Rangers.

Nice Review of Russ Breault’s Presentation in Wisconsin

clip_image001Written by Amanda Lauer, the article, Expert gives Shroud of Turin presentations in Neenah  appears in The Compass, the newspaper of the Catholic Diocese of Green Bay, Wisconsin. I particularly liked the last paragraph (knowing full well that you will read the whole article from the beginning):

The message of the Shroud of Turin is transcendent, said Breault. “The message is the same message as the Gospel. There’s no difference. The message really isn’t about the shroud; it’s about the message behind the shroud. It’s not about an old piece of linen, it’s about the message behind that linen, the message of salvation — the whole mission and purpose of why Jesus came to Earth as the son of man and the son of God. I’m telling the greatest story ever told through the shroud.”