Wednesday, March 12, 2008

The Shroud of Turin: Relic or Gallish Hoax?

The word of the day, boys and girls, is sindonologist. Can you say that with me? Sindonologist.

It means, according to this story on Discovery News, a scholar who studies the Shroud of Turin.

I thought the Shroud had been debunked as a religious artifact (though still impressive as a medieval curiosity), but sindonologists beg to differ. A 12.8 billion-pixel image of the Shroud has been constructed and studies continue--some bent on debunking the debunkers--those nabobs of negativity who put their faith in radiocarbon dating completed in 1988. Those tests relegate the Shroud to the 13th century AD rather than the time of Christ.

A TV show (dare we call it a documentary?) about the new research will air on the Saturday before Easter, the 22nd.

There are several websites devoted to the Shroud:, from whence comes this photo; and The last seems to have the most recent information, and looks professional--just in case you are looking.

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