Pure Rubbish

imageGrand Island, Nebraska, is the county seat of mostly rural Hall County, Nebraska. It is a city of about 50,000 people on the Platt River and Interstate 80, two hours west of Omaha.  According to a story on The Grand Island Independent, yesterday: 

There is an amazing display coming to Grand Island this week which is very unique. “The Man of the Shroud” is a national exhibit unbiased in nature and non-denominational. You can view a life –size 14-by-3-foot display that replicates the holy Shroud of Turin which many believe is the burial cloth of Jesus.

I’ve blogged about this traveling exhibit on display throughout Nebraska sponsored by the Spirit Catholic Radio. So far, reports in the media have been accurate and sparse on detail. However, this one contains a real doozy. Not a word of this next paragraph from The Grand Island Independent  is true after the first sentence. Nothing is even slightly true. I’m wondering where this highly imaginative information came from:

This is a replica of the original Shroud of Turin. The original Shroud has had over 600,000 hours of research on it by scientists the last 30 years with over 2,000 scientists doing modern research. Most of those that worked on the Shroud were either atheist or agnostics but over 90 percent of them have become Christian after studying the Shroud. Pope John Paul II called the Shroud, “The greatest relic of Christendom.”

Such pure rubbish gets around unfortunately. That is a major problem with the Internet. I found a brief mention on another site that reads:

The Shroud has over 600,000 hours of study, and of the scientists that did study the shroud, 95% of the are now Christian.

and another site, greatspiritualbattle.com speaks of 600,000 hours of “peer reviewed” research. The claims that “most of those” who worked on the shroud were atheist or agnostic is simply ridiculous. 

Hat tip to Louis for spotting this.

If you are going to be in or around Kearney, Nebraska

image. . .  today or tomorrow – or passing through on Interstate 80 going between, say Des Moines, Iowa and Cheyenne, Wyoming – there is an exhibit of the Man of the Shroud at the Kearney Ramada Inn just north of the highway interchange on Route 44 between the Chrysler Jeep dealership and the Dairy Queen.

According to the Kearney Hub:

The hours [are] 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. There is no admission charge.

Viewers will see a life-size photographic transparency 14 feet tall by 3 feet wide that replicates the Shroud of Turin.

The exhibit includes many detailed, back-lit panels with information surrounding the shroud and the death and resurrection of Jesus. It also features a life-size sculpture of Jesus on a 9-foot-tall cross graphically depicting every wound revealed in the image of the Shroud.

imageThe circles in the above Google Earth photograph are not crop circles.  Well, actually they are. They are created by giant irrigation sprinklers that go around in circles.

The point is this: the Shroud of Turin is increasingly becoming a subject of interest just about everywhere. That’s wonderful.

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