Jesus! Was the Shroud of Turin created by a supernatural "flash of light"?

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The image on the Shroud of Turin was not some medieval hoax, but was caused by a supernatural "flash of light," according to a team of Italian scientists. The recent news reports of their findings conveniently coincide with the History Channel's repeat showing of The Real Face of Jesus tonight -- but for a group of Colorado-based researchers, they've been a long time coming.

According to Vatican Insider, experts at Italy's National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Development have concluded that what's been billed as the burial cloth of Jesus Christ could not have been faked:

"The double image (front and back) of a scourged and crucified man, barely visible on the linen cloth of the Shroud of Turin has many physical and chemical characteristics that are so particular that the staining which is identical in all its facets, would be impossible to obtain today in a laboratory ... This inability to repeat (and therefore falsify) the image on the Shroud makes it impossible to formulate a reliable hypothesis on how the impression was made."

Their study involved a lot of technical use of laser lights -- pulses in short-term duration -- and also name-checks some of the research done by the Shroud of Turin Research Project headed by John Jackson, who led a STRP team of researchers to Italy back in 1978, and still runs the Turin Shroud Center in Colorado Springs. "It seems as though they're cueing off a paper that I did about twenty years ago on image-formation mechanism," Jackson says. "There's some essential physics here. I've thought for twenty years that ultra-violet could create a vision."

And in medieval times, no would-be hoax-ter would have access to the equipment needed to create that vision with ultra-violet light.

Which means that "the enigma of the Shroud of Turin is still a puzzle," he says. "Our interest was, and still is, that this characteristic tells us something about the science of the image, what made the image on the shroud. Now you've got a real scientific puzzle and problem to explain."

Jackson has been trying to solve that puzzle for decades. Born and raised in Denver, he saw a picture of the Shroud when he was thirteen or fourteen years old -- and was hooked. With STRP, he's crafted solid experiments to test different hypotheses of what might have created the image. "It's a real slow process," he admits. Partly that's because while many of the early researchers were based at the Air Force Academy, funding -- or lack thereof -- has always been an issue.

"Coloradans have played an important role in Shroud research," notes Barry Schwartz, publisher of the Colorado-based shroud.com. He was part of the team that went to Italy in the '70s (he only moved to this state five years ago) and has done much of the photographic documentation.

The Italian research, he says, "further supports the scientific data that the image on the Shroud is neither a painting or art or a hoax from the medieval times to fool us."

Jackson will continue to push for more proof of what, exactly, the Image is. "We keep pressing forward as best we can," he says. "I would commend the Italian researchers. They're trying to understand the shroud using a radiation model...I'm pleased that they're using capabilities that they have to try to explore that type of a hypothesis."

But Schwartz, who is Jewish and says he was "the biggest skeptic on the team," is ready to make a more definitive pronouncement: "There's only one answer: This cloth wrapped the body of Jesus."

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For more weird science, read Calhoun's "Plans for the Jefferson County Parkway are kicking up a lot of dust."


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Jessica
Jessica

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Jessica
Jessica

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RyanJohnSmith
RyanJohnSmith

Hasn't this repeatedly been proven as a fake ?

Sweettansysmom
Sweettansysmom

I had two dogs that died at home. One left a darkened spot on a hardwood floor just prior to death. The spot could not be cleaned away but eventually faded and disappeared over several months. The other dog left a darkened spot on a cloth car seat just prior to dying. This spot was indelible and no amount of upholstery cleaner would remove it. Both dogs were old, well cared for, and had had a good life. These spots were dry and were not created by any type of liquid since neither animal was exuding blood or body fluids at the time Based on these two separate experiences, my thought is that any dying organism is capable of leaving a heat or energy transference under the right conditions. If this is the case, the image on the Shroud could be anybody.

Bassonc
Bassonc

No it hasn't. Skeptics have repeatedly tried to dismiss it as a fake, but there is to this day no single indisputable fact to conclude once and for all that it is a fake. In fact, after reading and studying all of the arguments and "proof" provided by both camps, I am more convinced than ever that it is not a fake. If it is, we are dealing here with the mist brilliant and original fake object ever produced.

Wallstreeter43
Wallstreeter43

That is a rediculous analogy to make. 2dogs leaving a print when they die can't be compared to the image on the shroud for many reasons.

1. The image on the shroud contains 3d and holographic I formation.

2. The image on the shroud has soft xray emissions of some kind on the hands and parts of the skull.

The reasons that they can't be just anybody is no one has ever been shown to be crucified in the way that Jesus was crucified with the cap of thorns, piercing through the side and no broken legs as prophecy predicted.

Pollen samples found show flowers that only come from Jerusalem and neighboring areas.

The found a rare limestone that only is found in the tombs of Jerusalem.

I have studied the shroud intensely for 2 years. If you want to expose atheists as science and logic haters just talk about the shroud and see how fast they abandon their vaunted reason and science and become loony conspiracy theorists.

To me it exposes them for what they truely are emotional extremist who hate god but know he is there.

Suck
Suck

It was created by the blinding brilliance of Robert Chase's stupidity, ignorance, hatred, and the cut of his jib.  Cheers, moron.  

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