Shroud of Turin Wiki
The Shroud of Turin has long been a debated religious treasure, with some saying it depicts the image of Christian savior, Jesus Christ, from his resting place, and others saying that the cloth was handmade intentionally by man. As such a cherished relic in Christianity’s history, every Christmas time, being the spiritual holiday that it is, the heated debate always flashes up again.
This year the Shroud of Turin debate flashes back with news of a flash. Italian researches have once again proposed the notion that Jesus’s image could have only been created by an instant, but powerful flash of light.
Despite this claim being renewed, radiocarbon dating and analysis of the chemical makeup suggest that it was hand painted in the 14th century, not imprinted upon cloth by a blinding flash in the time Jesus was said to have existed. Some have suggested that those studies were not accurate and there may be other solutions to this timeless mystery.
Studies conducted in Italy at the ENEA Research Center have shown that similar imprinting could have been created by a blast of radiation, creating a very similar coloration as found on the Shroud of Turin. While an interesting prospect, the coloration was not exact, and no study has even been able to exactly duplicate the image of Jesus Christ’s face upon such material.
Researcher Di Lazzaro has spent 5 years studying the shroud and have never been able to duplicate the image of Jesus Christ as seen on the Shroud of Turin. This leads him to believe that a 14th century duplication of the “original shroud” as some have proposed is highly unlikely. If duplication can not occur today with advanced technology, it is highly unlikely it could be in medieval times.
Even with radiation blasts creating a similar image as the Shroud of Turin, such lasers did not exist at the time of Jesus, nor the 14th century, leading some to believe that something “divine” must have been going on to leave Jesus’s face upon the shroud.
Sindology, or Shroud Science, has been going on for decades, but this recent study was not financed by the ENEA, nor the government. The research was done on researcher’s free time and for the pursuit of curiosity and knowledge. Despite no funding for the project, that has not led to no criticism. The assumption from the very beginning was that no natural cause could have made such a coloration, suggesting perhaps researchers had already made up their mind on the end conclusion of their findings.
Whatever the case, the Shroud of Turin has always drove people to it for tourism and for the sake of curiosity. Whether miraculous or not, it has long been held as a item of value and debate.