And While We Are Talking About Australians

he actually looks so much like that of the Holy Image on the Shroud," the alleged letter
from the retired pontiff reads

A posting from September 2014: Tinfoil Hat Version of Face Matching


clip_image001[4]The Christian Post is even reporting this, so yes, they will print preposterous stories. But the only part of the headline that is new is the second part. I guess Golightly found a convert from California. It reads:

Australian Preacher Claims He’s Jesus Christ, Calls Pope Francis the ‘Anti-Christ’: American Man Abandons Family, Sells Home to Live Down Under With Brian Leonard Golightly Marshall Who Says He Is Second Coming of Christ

The shroud is the proof. The story goes on:

A 71-year-old Australian preacher has recently been making news with claims that he is the reincarnation of Jesus Christ, by comparing his image to the face imprinted in the famous Shroud of Turin. The preacher reportedly convinced an American man to sell his home, abandon his family, and go follow him.

The preacher has also claimed that Pope Benedict XVI backed his case in a letter, but retired before making an official proclamation.

Daily Mail Australia reported on Monday that the preacher, Brian Leonard Golightly Marshall, who lives in Toogoom, Queensland, has for years been making the claim that he is Jesus, and has even shared the supposed letter where Pope Benedict admits of the resemblance between his face and the Shroud of Turin imprint.

"You see, many days ago Mr. Brian Marshall sent me photographs of Him and the Most Holy Shroud of Turin — he actually looks so much like that of the Holy Image on the Shroud," the alleged letter from the retired pontiff reads.

"There is no other explanation. He is simply the Lord Jesus Christ Almighty! I was so penetrated with love and compassion from God that I requested the photo I saw to be put in a place of honor somewhere. He is the Most Royal Man Alive, The King of Kings. … The Messiah, Almighty and Everlasting," it continues.

There is no record of Pope Benedict or the Vatican ever mentioning Marshall in public speeches, however, and there is no way for the alleged letter to be verified.

The preacher has claimed that Benedict planned to make the affirmation in March 2013, but was foiled by Pope Francis, who Marshall called the "anti-Christ."

The Daily Mail also shared the story of a man, who wasn’t named, who said that his American father-in-law left behind his wife, children and grandchildren, to go to Australia and live with Marshall as a follower.

"He believes this guy, Brian Leonard Golightly Marshall, is Jesus Christ. He told his wife that he’s going to go to Australia to be with him. Leaving her and his kids and grand-kids to go be with this guy," said the man, who lives in California.

I mean, really, if you are down under and upside down all day, it is understandable.

Tinfoil Hat Version of Face Matching

“As announced by Benedict XVI . . . censored and suppressed
by the media as well as within the Vatican.”

imageThe document is lengthy. You can see the whole  document at the Scribd document depository. The title page alleges that it is an apostolic letter in regards to Brian Leonard Golightly Marshall’s claim to be the Christ. The last page contains a presumably-faked “signature” of Benedict XVI.

Here is enough of a snippet to get the whole idea:

Dear Friends in Christ.

Over the past few days of this Month of March. I have learned about a man who is named Brian Golightly Marshall. He claims to be The Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of Man, reincarnated in Sydney, Australia on the most holy day of January 11th, 1944. It is the Faith that we are experiencing before our eyes! He is the word reincarnated …

Many doubt that Mr. Brian Marshall is He, but ¡ tell you he is. As his many disciples put it: “He is the most royal man alive”. He has fulfilled the prophecies within the Last Book of the Bible: Revelation. If you look at Mr. Brian Marshall’s face and compare it to that of the Most Holy Shroud of Turin, you will see something spectacular. And from the bottom of my heart, I tell you all, ever since I have realized the Truth about Christ Jesus’ Return to Earth, I was stunned, and the news has changed the remainder of my life and pilgrimage completely and beautifully. (emphasis mine)

Apparently (or so I imagine), since Pope Francis has not bought into Marshall’s claims, Marshall was compelled to release a face matching YouTube. Kelly, a reader of this blog from Memphis, inspired (or so I imagine) by all the face matching going on in recent days (Speaking of Matching Faces and An Experiment with Overlay), brought the following face matching video to my attention. Enjoy. But first read the “About” for the video, shown here, and then do yourself a favor by skipping the first minute of the video:

imageModern computer software layers flesh over the ghost image of the soul of Jesus, to reveal Yahweh today Brian Leonard Golightly Marshall as identified by Pope Benedict XVI on March 12th 2013. Francis is the Antichrist who rejected the news told to him by Benedict on March 23rd 2013 at Castel Gandolfo. April 3rd Father Giuseppe Civello, Sister Maria Della Rosa and Giovanni Rossinni were kidnapped by men hired by Francis and organized by Georg Ganswein to shut the mouth’s of the 3 witnesses to the second coming that unfolded within Pope Benedict’s Office. Father Giuseppe was shot 8 times in Cassibile Sicily on April 13th 2013, Sister Maria got out of Malta where she had been taken to and wrote the Christ a letter on October 25th 2013 the link below and Msgr. Giovanni Rossini who uploaded the Apostolic Letter Benedict wrote from Toronto since Giuseppe was stopped from Rome, he is presumed dead.

The Man of the Shroud has Horns?

A find by Joe Marino.  You may want to watch the first 3 minutes of this new video. It is up to you if you want to watch any more of it as the creator of the video argues that the man of the shroud has horns, which we all know is a water stain. He goes on and on and on the explain the ramifications of this and compare the shroud picture to the history of Satanic worship.

The creator of this video writes on YouTube:

imageYears ago, I explained the truth behind the mask of lies about the Shroud of Turin. I made this video as a research device for those who want to grasp and understand the truth behind the story.

Please watch the entire video before you jump to conclusions or ask questions. I hope you enjoy.

A Truthiracy Film Production – Educational Research

Truthiracy House of Wisdom

All material is the opinion of Christopher Lord of Truthiracy Films (for legal reasons)

Insanity Break: It is about the shroud or maybe, well I can’t be sure

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=966mkr9Yips#t=14

STERA Facebook Page: A Tinfoil Hat Warning

The administrative angel Gabriel, his second in command, ruled the universe
while Michael, a.k.a. Jesus, was visiting this planet.

What? No, really, what?

imageIf it is a setup, then first, there is the softball question.“Hello Stera team, I have a question. Is it possible to get a list posted with a summary, maybe in a PDF file, of all the scientific findings related to the Shroud?”

And Barrie nicely writes back. Try the SSG List from Dallas 2005.

Then comes the sales pitch. Maybe it is just a coincidence, the way it plays out.  But it looks familiar, a way to maybe slip past moderation:

Dear Stera team, After having watched the History Channel documentary, The real face of Jesus, I left compelled to share the following information. I understand that the search for a theory of how the image came to be embedded in the Shroud is still ongoing. I would like to introduce the you guys to a paper that contains a theory as to how the image has come into existence. The link below wil lead you to a fascinating theory. This just might be the new way of looking at the shroud that could lead to greater understanding of it’s possible origin. You will not regret having taken the time to read the paper.http://www.ubthenews.com/topics/documents/Shroud.pdf

Put on your tinfoil hats. Folks, this is the pitch for the Urantia Book . . .

which includes an eight hundred page biography of the life and teachings of Jesus that claims to be given by the apostle Andrew’s guardian angel. The Urantia Book’s account of the resurrection is far more detailed than the New Testament, providing more appearances of Jesus to various believers.

Forgoing the full 800 pages (no I have not read it), I’ll opt for a summary from the website: Urantia News – Verifying History and Science in The Urantia Book:

The Urantia Book says the angels performed a time-accelerated elemental disintegration of Jesus’ body and this has intriguing correlations with the image found on the Shroud of Turin. It says that Jesus’ resurrected body was like that of angels and that his physical body still lay in the tomb after the resurrection and that the angels were given permission, upon request of an archangel, to cause the accelerated dissolution of his physical remains. This permission was requested and granted so that they would not have to witness the decay of his body. The correlations have primarily to do with the superficial nature of the image and current theories about corona discharge and nuclear medicine imaging . Additionally, there are intriguing correlations related to the Sudarium of Oviedo, a face napkin said to have covered Jesus’ face as part of the burial process.

It helps to understand that the UBers believe that Jesus was the name that the most senior angel, Michael, the ruler of Nebadon, used, temporarily, after the incarnation and before the resurrection. The administrative angel Gabriel, his second in command, ruled the universe while Michael, a.k.a. Jesus, was visiting this planet. He is currently using the name Michael, not Jesus.

I recall another criticism from a UBer. This time the topic was evolution. Someone who called himself Nautiusmaxi wrote to me, “When you mention Darwin you’re showing your ignorance as humans were not addressed in the Origin of the Species.” Maybe, it was suggested, Darwin knew that (according to Wikipedia):

imageAccording to The Urantia Book, multi-colored human races originated suddenly in one generation and in one family, producing brothers and sisters that variously turned blue, yellow, red, green, orange, and indigo when exposed to sunlight. Their offspring subsequently favored the parent color. Later, Adam and Eve produced a violet race. In the book’s account, the blue, yellow, and red races were considered “primary”, and the green, orange, and indigo “secondary”. The green and orange races were driven to extinction, and the rest mixed over time.

I have no problem with whatever someone chooses to believe. That is just as true if someone is a follower of Urantia Book, an Atheist or a member of any number of religions and religious cults with which I disagree. If they publish and promote on the internet, then I am entitled to criticize in the same venue.

Nautiusmaxi had said, why “insult people who just might be on your side.”

It’s not about sides. It is about truth and if the truth is ultimately that I was wrong and the shroud is a fake, then that is the side I’m on.

Having said all that. I don’t put any stock in the Urantia Book. Here is some fair use quoting from the book:


189:2.1

At ten minutes past three o’clock, as the resurrected Jesus fraternized with the assembled morontia personalities from the seven mansion worlds of Satania, the chief of archangels—the angels of the resurrection—approached Gabriel and asked for the mortal body of Jesus. Said the chief of the archangels: "We may not participate in the morontia resurrection of the bestowal experience of Michael our sovereign, but we would have his mortal remains put in our custody for immediate dissolution. We do not propose to employ our technique of dematerialization; we merely wish to invoke the process of accelerated time. It is enough that we have seen the Sovereign live and die on Urantia; the hosts of heaven would be spared the memory of enduring the sight of the slow decay of the human form of the Creator and Upholder of a universe. In the name of the celestial intelligences of all Nebadon, I ask for a mandate giving me the custody of the mortal body of Jesus of Nazareth and empowering us to proceed with its immediate dissolution."

189:2.2

And when Gabriel had conferred with the senior Most High of Edentia, the archangel spokesman for the celestial hosts was given permission to make such disposition of the physical remains of Jesus as he might determine.

189:2.3

After the chief of archangels had been granted this request, he summoned to his assistance many of his fellows, together with a numerous host of the representatives of all orders of celestial personalities, and then, with the aid of the Urantia midwayers, proceeded to take possession of Jesus’ physical body. This body of death was a purely material creation; it was physical and literal; it could not be removed from the tomb as the morontia form of the resurrection had been able to escape the sealed sepulchre. By the aid of certain morontia auxiliary personalities, the morontia form can be made at one time as of the spirit so that it can become indifferent to ordinary matter, while at another time it can become discernible and contactable to material beings, such as the mortals of the realm.

189:2.4

As they made ready to remove the body of Jesus from the tomb preparatory to according it the dignified and reverent disposal of near-instantaneous dissolution, it was assigned the secondary Urantia midwayers to roll away the stones from the entrance of the tomb. The larger of these two stones was a huge circular affair, much like a millstone, and it moved in a groove chiseled out of the rock, so that it could be rolled back and forth to open or close the tomb. When the watching Jewish guards and the Roman soldiers, in the dim light of the morning, saw this huge stone begin to roll away from the entrance of the tomb, apparently of its own accord—without any visible means to account for such motion—they were seized with fear and panic, and they fled in haste from the scene. The Jews fled to their homes, afterward going back to report these doings to their captain at the temple. The Romans fled to the fortress of Antonia and reported what they had seen to the centurion as soon as he arrived on duty.

189:2.5

The Jewish leaders began the sordid business of supposedly getting rid of Jesus by offering bribes to the traitorous Judas, and now, when confronted with this embarrassing situation, instead of thinking of punishing the guards who deserted their post, they resorted to bribing these guards and the Roman soldiers. They paid each of these twenty men a sum of money and instructed them to say to all: "While we slept during the nighttime, his disciples came upon us and took away the body." And the Jewish leaders made solemn promises to the soldiers to defend them before Pilate in case it should ever come to the governor’s knowledge that they had accepted a bribe.

189:2.6

The Christian belief in the resurrection of Jesus has been based on the fact of the "empty tomb." It was indeed a fact that the tomb was empty, but this is not the truth of the resurrection. The tomb was truly empty when the first believers arrived, and this fact, associated with that of the undoubted resurrection of the Master, led to the formulation of a belief which was not true: the teaching that the material and mortal body of Jesus was raised from the grave. Truth having to do with spiritual realities and eternal values cannot always be built up by a combination of apparent facts. Although individual facts may be materially true, it does not follow that the association of a group of facts must necessarily lead to truthful spiritual conclusions.

189:2.7

The tomb of Joseph was empty, not because the body of Jesus had been rehabilitated or resurrected, but because the celestial hosts had been granted their request to afford it a special and unique dissolution, a return of the "dust to dust," without the intervention of the delays of time and without the operation of the ordinary and visible processes of mortal decay and material corruption.

189:2.8

he mortal remains of Jesus underwent the same natural process of elemental disintegration as characterizes all human bodies on earth except that, in point of time, this natural mode of dissolution was greatly accelerated, hastened to that point where it became well-nigh instantaneous.

189:2.9

The true evidences of the resurrection of Michael are spiritual in nature, albeit this teaching is corroborated by the testimony of many mortals of the realm who met, recognized, and communed with the resurrected morontia Master. He became a part of the personal experience of almost one thousand human beings before he finally took leave of Urantia.

Well, no. You can’t call him a Catholic Wingnut. Wingnut? Yes!

imageFrom Ed Brayton’s (pictured) Dispatches from the Culture Wars, we have this (Ed’s okay. A professional comedian who while mocking religion of any kind is just self-deprecating enough to not talk down as he does so):

My favorite Catholic wingnut, Matt Wykoff, is once again sending me unsolicited emails that are stuff to the brim with the bizarre and the deranged. This may be my favorite claim of all: That the Shroud of Turin is authentic and that “there was no entropy during the formation of the image.” I have no idea what that could possibly mean. He doesn’t either, of course. Here’s the first screed:

1. Just as Geocentrism is scientifically irrefutable : Science demonstrates the Resurrection and Crucifixion of the Almighty God and Lord Jesus Christ and that is the One and Only True God. Easter really is the most scientific thing there is. There is Absolutely No Salvation Outside the Catholic Church see http://www.vaticancatholic.com the central truths of Christianity – the miraculous Life, Miracles, Death, Crucifixion, and Resurrection of God Lord Jesus Christ are scientifically demonstrated. Science absolutely proves the Life, Crucifixion, Death, and Resurrection of the Our Lord Jesus Christ (the Christian one and not the Protestant one who doesn’t even exist and is maybe perhaps imaginary or just an evil spirit). Both the Spiritual/Sacred and physical/natural sciences prove this. In the post script I’ll deal only with the physical science part of it.

[ . . . ]

3. The STURP Team (The Shroud of Turin Research Project) said that the body had to be weightless during the formation of the image and that there was no entropy during the formation of the image. Nobel Prize winning physicist Dame Isabel Piczek also said that physics prove that the body was floating between the top and bottom part of the 2 sides of the Shroud when the intense burst and flash of the light of the Resurrection occurred. . . . These elite scientists on earth (STURP) spent over 150,000 man hours studying the Shroud with the most advanced technology in science today.

 

Dame Piczek was a Nobel Prize winning physicist? I don’t to this day know is she was a physicist or a scientist of any kind. Did Wykoff mean ‘most elite scientists on earth’?

Matt Wykoff then forgets about the shroud and drifts from one unreality to another unreality:

According to the famous web-traffic ranker Alexa.com, (mostholyfamilymonastery.com) is the highest-ranked traditional Catholic website in the world. Note that it’s not just the highest-ranked sedevacantist website in the world (which is true by far), but mostholyfamilymonastery.com (or vaticancatholic.com) has the highest ranking of all ‘traditional Catholic’ websites in the world.

[ . . . ]

Christian armies are amazing. No wonder you have interest in “faith based” military operations. No wonder you want to know more about them. They whipped the pants off of the united states, Jews, England, and Soviet Russia and 50 other nations during the Spanish Civil War. They also whipped the pants off the of the united states during the Mexican revolutionary war. Your America sent armies down there and also weapons, aircraft, artillery, and machine guns and also raped 14 year old Mexican Catholic females who were coming out of catechism classes.

I’d forgotten all about this Beavis and Butthead monastery. Last year, I published a posting, The Sedevacantist Monk and his YouTube Shroud of Turin video. I mentioned that Br. Dimond, a self-proclaimed "Benedictine monk" is one of a two-person Sedevacantism monastic sect.  The other member is his sibling-brother Peter. (Is Matt Wykoff a third monk or merely a fan?) These guys claim that the papacy has been vacant since the death of Pope Pius XII in 1958. From the two/three-person "Most Holy Family Monastery" they claim that Pope John Paul I was murdered by Masons and Communists who infiltrated the Vatican. They claim the Chair of Peter is still empty. And, as one might imagine, they claim many other things from their website at www.mostholyfamilymonastery.com and www.vaticancatholic.com.

Shhh. Don’t tell anyone. Matt Wykoff is a Protestant Wingnut.

Tinfoil Hat Warning

image

This YouTube video The Shroud of Turin & the Light Body was just published four days ago so the electrons may not be dry yet. Handle with care. Don’t forget to wear your tinfoil hat. Here is some of the description of the video:

The Shroud of Turin as you have never heard it discussed. That’s because William Henry and sindinologist James Barrett take a completely new look at the shroud, based on their deep knowledge of early Christianity and what only researchers like William know about the light body, which is what probably created the image on the shroud. Then Linda Moulton Howe interviews a close encounter witness with a message for our future.

The historical records for the shroud can be separated into two time periods: before 1390 and from 1390 to the present. The period until 1390 is subject to debate among historians. Author Ian Wilson has proposed that the Shroud was the Image of Edessa, but scholars such as Averil Cameron have stated that the history of the Image of Edessa represents "very murky territory", can not be traced back as a miraculous image and it may not have even been a cloth.

Ads break in in unexpected places in the hour long video, which is helpful because you do need to catch your breath or pour a drink or something.

Vinny: The mystery of the Shroud of Turin has been solved

can anyone tell me what the digital DNA video is about?

imageHe has been bugging me for months to feature his material. I have asked him a couple of questions. I do that sometimes. I certainly don’t post every shroud-related video or blog posting that comes along.

I did feature him in 2011. In May of this year I posted The Worldwide Conspiracy to Ignore Vincenzo Giovanni Ruello. He is bugging me again, almost daily. So with no consideration to anyone here, I give you Vinny:

One recent message encouraging me to feature his website reads:

. . . You guys are the old crowd and the sooner you fade away from the Shroud the better for us all. I represent the new breed of researchers and my day is patiently coming. Ps your site Dan has turned into rotten tabloid journalism, anymore Hollywood movies to promote or disgraceful cheap books Dan, I once respected your site but now more and more I am seeing all these anti Shroud books and movies your promoting but your an Episcoplian arent you and I am not impressed with some of them as in your country they set up in my opinion fake Christian churches and marry gays. Print this but I think you may be a coward.

And another one read:

This is good though you probably hate me Dan ” How God Made The Shroud of Turin ”
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wKHaH9s16ro go on Dan it must be a slow day here I’m sure your fans will love ripping it to shreds and you too.

Oh, go ahead. It is only 27 seconds long. No there is nothing wrong with the sound on your PC. This is a silent film. I think it is supposed to be self explanatory. How could anyone rip this apart?

Anyway, here is his website where he tells us:

I am honored to be the first person in history to have discovered and revealed the actual miraculous and unexplainable images of Jesus Christ ALIVE in the Vatican Veronica Veil and the” second face “from the Shroud of Turin back. Have been involved in experimental research of film and video images since 1987 and have gained a vast amount of knowledge and expertise.

The mystery of the Shroud of Turin has been solved by my decoding of the Vatican Veronica Veil in 2011…it is the same man and face. . . .

Shroud of Turin Ads on my iPhone

imageLet me see if I can net out a bit of information that may or may not be important to you. From USA Today on Friday:

Google’s stock jumped $122.61, or 14%, to $1,011.41 Friday . . .  Google is now the fourth company trading on a major exchange to have a stock price of $1,000 or more.

The reason behind Google’s stock’s latest move higher came late Thursday when the online advertising company reported a profit of nearly $3 billion during the third quarter, up 36% from a year earlier and exceeding estimates.

And in another story, also in USA Today, we learn:

The reason is a surge in mobile ads, which cost less per unit and have lower click rates than those served onto desktop computers.

So if you are searching for material about the Shroud of Turin on your regular computer you are not seeing the ads I’m seeing when I search on my iPhone. And who is advertising on my iPhone?

The first ad reads, “Distortion in Shroud image cleaned up, reveals clearest picture ever.”  You want to click in and watch the movie (any computer will do) for at least one and a half minutes. You will be doing so on the Urantia Book website. But before you click on the Donate button or buy the book, you might want to read some (just some) of the Shroud of Turin Report from this website. They have a somewhat different understanding of what happened:

The name Michael is used to designate Jesus in his status before incarnating on this planet and after his resurrection. The name of our Local Universe is Nebadon. The most senior “angel” in the administration of Nebadon (after Michael) is known as Gabriel. So, with regard to the spiritual beings that are involved in the spiritual administration of Nebadon, Gabriel was left in charge when Michael incarnated as Jesus.

[ . . . ]

At ten minutes past three o’clock,  . . . the chief of archangels—the angels of the resurrection—approached Gabriel and asked for the mortal body of Jesus. Said the chief of the archangels: “We may not participate in the morontia resurrection of the bestowal experience of Michael our sovereign, but we would have his mortal remains put in our custody for immediate dissolution. We do not propose to employ our technique of dematerialization; we merely wish to invoke the process of accelerated time. It is enough that we have seen the Sovereign live and die on Urantia; the hosts of heaven would be spared the memory of enduring the sight of the slow decay of the human form of the Creator and Upholder of a universe. In the name of the celestial intelligences of all Nebadon, I ask for a mandate giving me the custody of the mortal body of Jesus of Nazareth and empowering us to proceed with its immediate dissolution.

The long and short of it is this is how the Urantia Book folks believe the shroud image was formed. I don’t think I’ll donate.

As for the second ad, I think the odious description says it all: “A Forged Image of a Fake Jesus from the False Church.”  I say click on it a few times and waste their money. Every time you click they have to pay Google a fee. Oh, go ahead, click again.

It is a bit late to buy the stock. I laughed at the idea of Google when it was $85.

Colin Berry: The 1532 fire was no accident

imageColin Barry has just updated his blog with a posting entitled No, the Shroud of Turin was NOT used to wrap Jesus. It was a 14th century thought experiment. It was not used to wrap anyone.

Safety Warning: Do not sip hot coffee while reading:

Here’s a comment I have just placed on Dan Porter’s shroudstory.com site that updates my views on the Shroud of Turin:

[ . . . ]

I perceive the Shroud of Turin [is as] being in essence a thought experiment, imagining the effect of removing a victim, condemned to burning at the stake, while newly deceased but before substantial incineration, and placing in an up-and-over Shroud. The “hot” victim then leaves a scorch-like body imprint on both surfaces of the cloth. The end-result is/was intended as a visual and arresting metaphor – “Look – this is what they did to our blameless man, a latter-day martyr who suffered a fate comparable to that of Christ, i.e. false witness, followed by humiliating and excruciating public execution.

Evidence? It has to be circumstantial obviously . . .

Obviously! Or even a wild and weird flight of imagination:

The latter were almost certainly a signal to the viewer that the man depicted had been burned at the stake, that the burn holes were produced by hot charcoal falling onto the linen while still neatly folded, prior to being used to wrap the deceased. The midline fold that is needed to explain the symmetry of the burn holes (original ones– but later 1532 also) existed before the image imprinting in the case of the original L-shaped burn holes. The later 1532 holes, much larger, were a deliberate attempt to draw attention away from the earlier holes, not by patching (too conspicuous) but by swamping with new ones. The original holes were an embarrassment, you see, for those who wanted to re-invent Shroud Mk1 as Christ’s shroud, so much so that we see the original holes being represented as “blood” (red paint) on the 1516 Belgian (Lier) copy, for example, showing that copyist was clearly puzzled and/or confused by the L-shaped holes.

http://www.shroud.com/vanhels2.htm/

The 1532 fire (no accident, IMHO) removed that source of embarrassment at one fell swoop (though they had maybe forgotten or conveniently overlooked the ‘incriminating’ Lier copy).

I must not steal all his material – Colin does get so mad when I do that – so go read how the L shape of the poker holes may have been an intentional signal. I won’t give it away but do bear in mind that a certain someone was born in 1452 and died in 1519.

But of course he doesn’t mean that someone. Or anyone. I got it! Of course! What else? L is a signal to tell us how the blood will be applied at a later date: leeches.

Is the Shroud of Turin being hijacked by the wacko crowd?

imageThis is old news from 2010. I wish it would go away. I wish L.A. Marzulli’s use  of the Shroud of Turin  to promote his video series would stop.  But the Internet has great power to recycle everything.

A couple of days ago, Lyn Leahz was promoting the following video on her “a born again, Spirit filled Christian author” blog. See if you can watch this entire 30 minute video without screaming, laughing or crying. There are a couple of very sane special appearances by Barrie Schwortz and Isabel Piczek beginning somewhere near the 10:48 mark. That’s fine. But, people being people, make unfounded associations. In the couple of minutes before Barrie and Isabel, in this preview of the Watcher Series: Biblical Answers For the Unexplainable–the Shroud of Turin, Torah Code and More, we hear some of the most twisted use of scripture ever invented. It is all muddled up with (don’t fall over laughing) human abductions by aliens in UFOs who,  today,  are only harvesting the souls of diminutive people rather than the giants they were getting back in Genesis 6. (Should it be “who” or “that” with non-human aliens — like with “robots who” or “machines who+ – remember we are talking about angels? Moving on . . .):

Some expert in the video:  You see, this is the only way they have to multiply their forces. Angels don’t reproduce. The Hybrids do

L.A. Marzulli:  Not only do these angels pollute the human genome, they conduct experiments on the animal kingdom and plants bringing chaos to God’s creation.

Link to Video

Pikes Peak Scary

imageI recommend wearing a well grounded tinfoil hat if you are going to click on any of these links. In fact, you may want to wear it while just reading this morning’s snippets from DiscernIt: Hebrew Roots, the Nephilim, and the Shroud of Turin Come Together. (Gosh, I hope nobody finds out about this craziness.) 

Picture of sign at Devil’s Playground at Pikes Peak

The 2013 Pikes Peak Prophecy Conference at the end of July will feature speakers including  . . .  L.A. Marzulli . . . The conference is sold out, and we probably shouldn’t be surprised. The featured topics, while hardly biblical, are exciting and seem to capture the attention of those who seek to be ever learning (2 Timothy 3:7).

In his 2/14/13 blog, L.A. Marzulli posted an article entitled, “Evolution or Hybrid? As in the Days of Noah…” in which he speculates about the meaning of a Chinese boy born with blue eyes.

You know what he is talking about, right?  Follow this proffered link. It is, well, well, you’ll see (or scary if you haven’t had your morning coffee).

Marzulli has laid down rules at his blog, saying “There are a few topics [Marzulli is not to] be challenged here [on the blog] since he’s a proponent or has colleagues who are strong proponents. Some of these are: The authenticity of the Shroud of Turin, the UFO phenomena, the Book of Enoch,” etc.

Whatever happened to “prove all things, hold fast that which is good” (1 Thessalonians 5:21)?

Consequently, it is not surprising to see that the conference will “be arranging special two-hour tours of the Shroud of Turin Museum” along with “archaeological updates on the Shroud of Turin; the Lost Shipwreck of Paul; the Mystery of Masada and the Egyptian chariot wheels discovered in the Red Sea!”

Two previous postings from shroudstory.com on this craziness:

1)  Like a Catholic Hippie Jesus

I got a lot of push back from Barrie, Russ Breault and others. And I reconsidered my position, somewhat. Now some folks of the off-beat crowd, very very off-beat crowd, are objecting.

You all may think I am strange with this one, but I knew the Shroud of Turin was phony within the same year I came out of the Catholic church. Take a look at this face… Long hair anorexic like an inverse of the Catholic "hippie" "jesus:….

2)  How ‘Ya Gonna Keep ‘Em Down on the Farm? After They’ve Seen Pareea:

Did we mention “new top-secret messages that will only be revealed at the conference by Doc Marquis and L.A. Marzulli.” Wow! Bring your secret decoder ring. Did this crowd have to discover the shroud?  Barrie Schwortz?

The Worldwide Conspiracy to Ignore Vincenzo Giovanni Ruello

imageVincenzo Giovanni Ruello (aka Vinny Pop) writes to me frequently, usually by trying to add irrelevant comments on this site. He has, as he puts it, developed a new scientific method which enables him to see all manner of things: Jesus with open eyes, or Jesus with missing toes, etc. etc. etc. He then posts videos on YouTube that are supposed to show what he sees. Back in 2011, I posted some material about his claims but stopped doing so because I found that it contributed nothing to the discussion here (search Vinny in the blog’s search box). Moreover, I didn’t want to post anything more that I felt was potentially embarrassing to him. But today, at his insistence, I am posting a comment from him and below it something from a single-posting blog he recently created. He writes:

I have revealed the signature of Jesus Christ ,the face of a lion, a holograph from the second face back which has undergone a second stage processing. http://gloria.tv/?media=446254

I hope you show this as a special separate feature, if not it means you have no conscience at all

sincerely Vincenzo Giovanni Ruello

Okay, Vincenzo, I have a conscience. Thanks for unburdening me. Is it true, as I understand it, that your secret method is filming a severely tilted LCD screen with a digital camera? Why is it that I can’t see any of the things you see? How can what you see and others not see be proof of anything?

Vinny, does the following from you shed any light on the problem? It is from your new blog, Second Face Shroud Turin Decoded Revealed:

In 2011 the experimental film scientist Vincenzo Giovanni Ruello processed the relic known as the Vatican Veronica Veil using AFM, Angular Filming Magnification a process he developed in 2009, an advanced form of negative film processing. What he revealed is startling.

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Well known Shroud experts who have seen the image have attempted to slow down the awareness campaign commenced by Ruello using tactics of ridicule because unlike them Ruello is an amateur experimental film maker not qualified. Peer review journals have refused to publish his findings on the Veronica for this very reason but Ruello has relentlessly distributed videos and photographs world wide. In April 2013 Ruello used the same filming tecnique to process the ”second face” originaly discovered in 2002 during the restoration by Fanti and Maggiolo. It appears on the back of the Shroud as red marks stains, very faint which are thought by many to be spill over leakage from the front. On processing the ”second face” Ruello revealed an alive Jesus with both His eyes open.

The profound image has left the earlier Shroud experts who discounted his findings on the Vatican Veronica Veil now speechless as the photographic image has been provan to be real, no elements of photoshop or CGI manipulation exist. So we now have the situation where an amateur film scientist has revealed 2 alive faces of Christ from the Vatican Veronica 8th century Rome first appearance and the alive face of Christ on the back of the Shroud of Turin. These Shroud experts are making a lot of money from the mystery they have been selling to the public. Many books are written and the Vatican  does gain immense power and control by not informing the innocent of all the facts.

. . .  But discoveries such as Ruello’s if truly from God cannot be stopped by corrupt soul selling individuals and powers attempting to not tell the world that evidence authenticating the Shroud has been discovered and that physical evidence of the resurrection has been discovered on the back of the Shroud of Turin. Thank God for the internet.

I suspect that I’m thought to be part of the conspiracy to keep the world uninformed about Vincenzo Giovanni Ruello’s work because I block frequent promotional comments of gibberish. Ridicule? That is why I wasn’t posting.

In all fairness I have written to him and asked him to describe Angular Filming Magnification and explain why he thinks he is not generating visual patterns and noise which fuels his imagination. He has never answered.

Okay Vincenzo, you got your wish.

Tinfoil Hats All Around, Quickly

imageDr. Joseph S Maresca reviews Past Lives of the Rich and Famous by Sylvia Browne in Hearst’s Seattle Post-Intelligencer:

Browne discusses Elizabeth Taylor who lived 47 times before. Taylor was Anata of Babylonia. In the 1500s, she was a member of a Benedictine convent in Switzerland. She lived as Marie Lilliane and died at 89 years of age. Browne explains that specific memories of past lives are on the other side. But are they?

The story of Mother Teresa is equally fascinating. Browne relates how the Mother Teresa lived in the person of Leah during the time of Christ. Leah came to know Jesus Christ through the Apostle Luke. In addition, she attended the Sermon on the Mount. Mother Teresa lived through her 54th and last incarnation according to the author.

And there is this:

There may be remnants of Christ’s DNA on the Shroud of Turin. If DNA traces could be found on the Shroud of Turin, the DNA could be dated to the time of Christ. These aspects should be addressed by Browne.

Yeah, right,  that’s a good idea.

In addition, the crucifixion itself was an event bathed in blood. If blood stains could be recovered from Golgatha Hill, these stains could be used to create a Christ-like human form in the laboratory. The implications of this event would be very controversial for the Judeo-Christian world.

Ya think?

Browne’s notions could be put to the test in other ways. For instance, there would have to be specific burial plots of two people thought to have identical past lives. Samples of the DNA would have to be tested after exhuming the bodies. If the samples matched, the claims might be proven. Such an experiment would require the approval of medical science due to the ethical and moral issues inherent in conducting such tests.

Science? Fiction? Science Fiction? None of the genre’s quite fit, do they? What’s sad is this was published in a paper with an online circulation of 4 million people; and some people will believe this stuff.

Source: Book Review: Past Lives of the Rich and Famous by Sylvia Browne – seattlepi.com

The Urantia Book Again

imageYodr777 posted in Christian Forums:

I’ve previously argued in favor of the Shroud of Turin on this forum, yet I don’t believe it is a necessary evidence for the resurrection of Jesus. Given that the shroud has been carbon dated to the middle ages, added to the fact that the first historical mention of the shroud wasn’t until the middle ages, I’m comfortable with believing that it may be a forgery. However, that would raise the question of how the remarkable image on the shroud originated. I find the possibility of it being produced by camera obscura very interesting.

I personally believe in the historicity of Jesus’ resurrection because of the Urantia Book,

Whoa! Full stop! The Urantia Book? . . .

which includes an eight hundred page biography of the life and teachings of Jesus that claims to be given by the apostle Andrew’s guardian angel. The Urantia Book’s account of the resurrection is far more detailed than the New Testament, providing more appearances of Jesus to various believers.

Forgoing the full 800 pages (no I have not read it), I’ll opt for a summary from Urantia News – Verifying History and Science in The Urantia Book:

The Urantia Book says the angels performed a time-accelerated elemental disintegration of Jesus’ body and this has intriguing correlations with the image found on the Shroud of Turin. It says that Jesus’ resurrected body was like that of angels and that his physical body still lay in the tomb after the resurrection and that the angels were given permission, upon request of an archangel, to cause the accelerated dissolution of his physical remains. This permission was requested and granted so that they would not have to witness the decay of his body. The correlations have primarily to do with the superficial nature of the image and current theories about corona discharge and nuclear medicine imaging . Additionally, there are intriguing correlations related to the Sudarium of Oviedo, a face napkin said to have covered Jesus’ face as part of the burial process.

I wonder if Fanti and Jackson know about this. I recall another criticism from a UBer. This time the topic was evolution. Someone who called himself Nautiusmaxi wrote to me, “When you mention Darwin you’re showing your ignorance as humans were not addressed in the Origin of the Species.” Maybe that was because Darwin knew (according to Wikipedia):

According to The Urantia Book, multi-colored human races originated suddenly in one generation and in one family, producing brothers and sisters that variously turned blue, yellow, red, green, orange, and indigo when exposed to sunlight. Their offspring subsequently favored the parent color. Later, Adam and Eve produced a violet race. In the book’s account, the blue, yellow, and red races were considered “primary”, and the green, orange, and indigo “secondary”. The green and orange races were driven to extinction, and the rest mixed over time.

I have no problem with whatever someone chooses to believe. That is just as true if someone is a follower of Urantia Book, an Atheist or a member of any number of religions and religious cults with which I disagree. If they publish and promote on the internet, then I am entitled to criticize in the same venue.

Nautiusmaxi had said, why “insult people who just might be on your side.”

It’s not about sides. It is about truth and if the truth is ultimately that I was wrong and the shroud is a fake, then that is the side I’m on.

Having said all that. I don’t put any stock in the Urantia Book. I don’t want anyone other than UB followers thinking the shroud is real because of this book. Yodr777 must not have read the full 800 pages or he wouldn’t have doubted the shroud. Right?

How ‘Ya Gonna Keep ‘Em Down on the Farm? After They’ve Seen Paree

imageDid we mention “new top-secret messages that will only be revealed at the conference by Doc Marquis and L.A. Marzulli.” Wow! Bring your secret decoder ring. Did this crowd have to discover the shroud?  Barrie Schwortz?

The big day has arrived. PITN is sponsoring our 2nd Prophecy Summit in beautiful Colorado Springs. It will be held at the Marriott Hotel, July 26-28, 2013 in the shadow of Pikes Peak and the Garden of the Gods. Many of your favorites will be joining us—27 speakers in all, presenting new, spectacular messages for your enjoyment.

If you’re not familiar with Colorado Springs, it will soon become one of your favorite places. Bring the family and see the sights—Pikes Peak, the Cog Railway, The Garden of the Gods, the US Air Force Academy, the US Olympic Training Center, the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, Cave of the Winds, Seven Falls and some of the most spectacular weather in the country. Hiking, mountain climbing, golfing, horseback riding, whitewater rafting and just a short distance away you will find the spectacular Royal Gorge and the beautiful city of Denver. Make Colorado Springs your family’s summer vacation. We guarantee you—you won’t regret it. It is truly one of the most beautiful places on Earth.

We’ll also be arranging special two-hour tours of the Shroud of Turin Museum . . . by private invitation only! You are going to love it. More details to follow.

Just look at the list of speakers who are committed already.

Gary Stearman. Tom Horn. Chuck Missler. L.A. Marzulli. Mark Biltz. Lennart Moller. Joseph Farah. Bill Koenig. Ken Johnson. Paul McGuire. Jerry Robinson. Stan Monteith. Doug Woodward. Bob Cornuke. Barrie Schwortz. Doug Hamp. Cris Putnam. Bill Salus. David Olander. Samuel Hoyt. Doc Marquis. Derek Gilbert. Fred DeRuvo. David Brennan and several more speakers yet to be announced.

The subjects we’ll be covering are going to be phenomenal. New messages on the rapture of the church by Gary Stearman and Professor David Olander; a look at Israel and their role in Bible prophecy; archaeological updates on the Shroud of Turin; the Lost Shipwreck of Paul and the chariot wheels discovered in the Red Sea!

You’ll be learning all about defending the rapture; the judgment seat of Christ; the dawn of the Luciferian era; financial strategies for the soon-coming financial calamity; the coming war in the Middle East prophesied in Psalm 83; new top-secret messages that will only be revealed at the conference by Doc Marquis and L.A. Marzulli; the Brotherhood of Darkness; an expose of Freemasonry; the blood moons coming to Israel in 2014 and 2015; the ancient Book of Enoch; and America; the Daughter of Babylon.

Source: The Pikes Peak Prophecy Summit | Prophecy In The News

This is the sort of thing that hurts the reputation of shroud science

The first thing you notice is the headline that reads, “EXCLUSIVE: Newly Published Images of the Shroud of Turin.” That exact headline appears in dozens of blogs and so do the images. So much for exclusive. The second thing you notice is the gobbledygook. When I see words like “proprietary technology” in this context I immediately think of the proprietary cure-all formulations of snake oil sold by peddlers from the back of mule drawn wagons.

imageThis is the sort of stuff that hurts the reputation of shroud science. This notion that the eyes are sometimes closed and sometime open or that Jesus is pictured with King Herod on Jesus’ abdomen is extreme pareidolia mixed with a wild imagination using highly manipulated photographs: nothing more.

The exclusive article reads:

Ron Stewart has consulted with law enforcement and various museums, including the Brooklyn Museum, in regards to analyzing photos and actual artifacts with his proprietary imaging technology, which is called Infinite Macroscopic Microscopic Imaging (IMMI).   The IMMI technology is a proprietary technology that in part uses at least three different combined imaging technologies, known in scientific terms as :  ”Preliminary, estimated, and extremely advanced Deconvolution Wavelet Transforms”.  In layman’s terms this simply means: “when an image is distorted, blurred, and unclear, that in part these three combined technologies will bring the image into appropriate resolution, clarity, and focus,”.

Mr. Stewart  holds a Doctorate of Theology in World History ; Emphasis On Historical Archaeology, and also has a Ph.D. in Theoretics.  Additionally he holds a Bachelor degree in Electronics with a focus in Imaging and Photography.  The culmination of these various degrees has resulted in the development of his specialized form of imaging and analysis.  For more information on his images of the Shroud, please visit his website at www.biblical-images.com.’

Get me some documentation that explains how to really unblur a picture or get me a letter from the director of the Brooklyn Museum telling me that Stewart is on to something and I’ll give this some real consideration. Well at least I’ll look at the pictures again.

Tinfoil Hat x 2 Warning: Prince William is a Counterfeit

imageJohn(?) writes:

I don’t want to sound proud of boastful, but I am quite certain that I am one of the witnesses of Revelation (John the Baptist).

Sooner or later these end-of-time Internet prophets discover the Shroud of Turin. Now, we learn that Prince William is not the antichrist but actually a counterfeit antichrist. Got that? Of course, that makes perfect sense if the shroud is fake, which we know because it can now be revealed that Leonardo da Vinci was Jewish. We know this because of Jewish symbolism in his art (this makes him also Eskimo, Arabic and a Chicago Cubs fan, as well).

imageIt also means the Pope is Jewish. No, that is his miter with the six-pointed star and not a tinfoil hat that he is wearing.

No, really! I read only enough of the posting, Counterfeit Antichrist Prince William Cloned From The Shroud Of Turin? | johnthewitness to allow the coffee maker to finish:

Satan has concocted a brilliant plan based upon the idea that Prince William is the antichrist, cloned from the Shroud of Turin. As we will later show in this article, Prince William is merely a counterfeit antichrist.

clip_image001The pictorial evidence says it all.

To fully appreciate this, read Kelly Kearse’s comment, daveb’s response, and Kelly’s rejoinder to any earlier posting (and follow the recommended link):

Kelly: The Shroud, the Pantocrator, there’s even a reference to the Pray Manuscript (and the lack of visible thumbs/fingers)

http://getthetruthout.icyboards.net/printthread.php?tid=1150

Before pasting in your browser, pull your tin-foil hat down nice & snug (heavy duty foil is recommended); the evidence of AB blood is often mentioned in related stories as a clincher.

I’ve always thought Chris Martin (lead singer of Coldplay) might be worth a closer inspection as well…Viva La Vida

daveb: Thanks for this Kelly. Defiitely tin-hat territory. I also needed a tightly-bound cincture to avoid excessive side-splitting from laughter. Is this “getthetruth” site known for sustained tongue-in-cheek irony, or is it intended to be serious conspiracy theory? Much of it seems dependent on commonly available picture morphing software – you can morph any image to any other. I see they’re also demonising the Royal Navy insignia.

Kelly: To be honest, I am not really sure, but best I can tell it’s serious conspiracy theory, even though admittedly, the “clues” about the thumbs/fingers in relation to the Pray Codex took it to a whole new level. Searching for information on AB blood typing and the Shroud, the most common related subjects that consistently show up are the Sudarium of Oviedo (makes sense) and the Prince William connection with the Shroud of Turin (huh?). There is now actually a novel based on cloning Jesus from a sample taken from the Sudarium, a trilogy series no less. I was a bit surprised when I first saw just how prominent this idea with Prince William was (on images/you tube): cloning and the Shroud intertwined with blood typing, some wild stuff. I’m old enough to remember when such important and cryptic information was only revealed to the public via the latest Beatles’ album cover…

Face of the Man of the Shroud of Turin Encoded in Sistine Chapel?

imageThis appears in the Christian Newswire press release service. I can’t see that it has been picked up by anyone, even bloggers. So here it is. Enjoy.

I must admit, however, that I can’t see anything that I’m supposed to see in the referenced paper: The Face of the Man of the Shroud of Turin Is Encoded Within the Sistine Chapel Frescoes.

Is it just me or is this a case of seeing elephants in the clouds?

RALEIGH, N.C., Oct. 31, 2012 /Christian Newswire/ — Investigative researcher, Philip E. Dayvault, of Raleigh, NC, discovered in 2003 that the Last Judgment fresco and a portion of the Ceiling fresco by Michelangelo in the Sistine Chapel contain the encoded, and "hidden in plain view," image of the face of the Man of the Shroud of Turin, the traditional burial cloth of Jesus Christ. This forensic conclusion is based on distinctive pattern recognition, the detection of identifying individual characteristics and a progressive overlay comparison of both images. It is also concluded, based on abundant forensic circumstantial, documentary and physical evidence, and coupled with logic and reason, that Michelangelo unknowingly painted the encoded image within the Sistine Chapel, and which contains individual characteristics consistent with those from the Shroud face. Michelangelo never saw the encoded image…it only became observable with the advent of photography in the early 1800’s; and then specifically with the first photograph of the Shroud taken in 1898 by Seconda Pia! However, exactly how the encoded image was made remains unknown. This new data is being released to commemorate the 500th-year anniversary of Michelangelo’s completion of the ineffable Ceiling in the Sistine Chapel on October 31, 1512, and also the presentation of the Ceiling to the people of Rome, and ultimately to the world, on November 1, 1512, All Saints Day.

Importantly, the two frescoes were painted at different times in history. The Ceiling, (not shown in this photo), extending down to the top of the "eye brows," was painted from 1508 to 1512; and the Last Judgment on the Altar Wall, depicting "the face" from the eyes-down, was painted from 1535 to 1541. During the interim years, there were three different popes, each of whom could have commissioned anyone to paint the Altar Wall. Michelangelo was in such pain and agony from painting the Ceiling that he didn’t "know" if he would be alive the next day, much less, 23 years in the future.

Dayvault, a former Special Agent and Physical Science Technician with the FBI, utilized the preferred and scientifically accepted forensic principles and methodologies for facial review and identification. This research involved painstaking comparisons and iterations of the two images. Slight scaling of the Shroud Face was required to accommodate for the parallax, focal distance and lens variations present in each available Sistine Chapel photograph. This incredible image, shown below via a Progressive Overlay Comparison, has been critically reviewed by several Shroud colleagues and a forensic expert who concur with Dayvault’s conclusions. Some of the numerous individual features include the "Epsilon-like," or "reversed-3," bloodstain image around Jonah (not depicted in this photo), the off-centered bifurcated beard, the eye orbits, the circular cheek wound, unique chin markings, etc.

For further information, please visit http://www.datument.com, or click the link below to view the ENCODED article, www.datument.com/encoded-article.html

Who are the several shroud colleagues?

Tinfoil Hat Warning: Crop Circles Revisited

imageI thought this had been forgotten after it was widely reported in 2010 in the fringe media and, of course, The Daily Mail. Jesus or someone or some “being” is particularly interested in communicating with us in 250 foot wide crop circles – tortillas and toast not being large enough – or someone is very ingenious in using the image from the Shroud of Turin in creating this prank. Or is it that “false patterns” can be more suggestive and deceptive than we like to think.

Well, the WonderInSpirit blog has reminded us with The Cosmic Weavers of The Wave. This video (below) is good. But this one (link only) does a better job of showing the crop circles up close.

 

Anything concrete or intelligent?

Burgh Island in Devon: Key to World Peace and the Mystery of the Shroud

clip_image001It must have been a slow news day at The Herald’s office in Plymouth last week. Sorry this story is so late. I might have missed it altogether had I not been in my doctor’s waiting room where the only reading material was last summer’s South Carolina Fishing Quarterly and the water company’s Environmental Impact Statement for 2007. So out came the old iPad. You can read this summary or the whole article (if there is nothing else to read):

Burgh Island has an air of mystery to it . . .  one local resident is convinced the tidal island near the mouth of Devon’s River Avon holds the answer . . . to the greatest mystery of all time. Ted Harrison reports

There are bodies hidden on Burgh Island, Michael Goldsworthy says, although the exact location he is keeping to himself for now. He has however informed the Torquay coroner of his suspicions as, alongside the human remains, he believes there could also be priceless treasure.

[ . . . ]

And Mr Goldsworthy makes one more even more extraordinary claim that could place Burgh Island at the centre of a controversy that would horrify Christians and rock the core teaching of the church. . . . ‘

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Mr Goldsworthy’s claims concerning Burgh Island are based on his interpretation of a 1,500-year-old Latin riddle attributed to a monk named Melkin. . . .

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Understanding Melkin, Mr Goldsworthy claims, involves an understanding of ley lines. These are, supposedly, invisible lines of energy in the landscape, which had been known to the Neolithic inhabitants of Britain and were rediscovered by amateur archaeologist Alfred Watkins almost 100 years ago.

They can, it is said, be plotted on maps by linking ancient and holy sites or detected on the ground by dowsers. The St Michael line, for instance, runs for 364.5 land miles from near Land’s End to East Anglia.

By drawing ley lines on maps of southern Britain and examining the geometric shapes created, Mr Goldsworthy says that he can make sense of the ancient clues. . . .

The last two paragraphs say it all:

What undermines Mr Goldsworthy’s claims, as far as the sceptics and mainstream scholars are concerned, are their all-embracing nature. To suggest Joseph of Arimathea is on the island is one thing, but to say so is Jesus, the Holy Grail, Templar treasure, possibly the Ark of the Covenant, that his discoveries solve the mystery of the Turin Shroud – and Leonardo knew all about it – might stretch the credulity of even the most ardent conspiracy theorist.

Ya think?

And that’s not all. Once the tomb is unveiled and the Ark of the Covenant and the body of Jesus are found together “it may bring peace to the nations”, says Goldsworthy. To solve several of the world’s greatest religious mysteries and resolve the Middle East crisis all in one. Worth a try, surely?

Here is the link: Michael Goldsworthy believes Joseph of Arimathea and Jesus Christ could have been buried on Burgh Island in Devon | This is Plymouth

Insane Ancient Achievements or Modern Insanity?

imageAnd the Shroud of Turin is one of these? 10 Insane Ancient Achievements that Science Can’t Explain over at the blog of the Chromographics Institute (tinfoil hat warning area).

Out-of-place artifact (OOPArt) is a term coined by American naturalist and cryptozoologist Ivan T. Sanderson for an object of historical, archaeological, or paleontological interest found in a very unusual or seemingly impossible context that could challenge conventional historical chronology. The term “out-of-place artifact” is rarely used by mainstream historians or scientists. Its use is largely confined to cryptozoologists, proponents of ancient astronaut theories, and paranormal enthusiasts….

In this article we present our selection of Top 10 OOPArts. There are many more (you can find them by exploring our website).

The Shroud is number 8. Nothing new, just screen scraped text from other websites. Fun to read while sipping morning coffee.