Posted by: Lisa Pampuch | October 5, 2009

Fraud of Turin

Using carbon dating, two decades ago scientists pegged the cloth that some like to believe was used to wrap Jesus after his crucifixion to the 14th century, Reuters reports, but couldn’t explain how the image got to be on the cloth. Now they’ve reproduced it, using techniques and materials available during the 14th century:

They placed a linen sheet flat over a volunteer and then rubbed it with a pigment containing traces of acid. A mask was used for the face.

The pigment was then artificially aged by heating the cloth in an oven and washing it, a process which removed it from the surface but left a fuzzy, half-tone image similar to that on the Shroud. He believes the pigment on the original Shroud faded naturally over the centuries.

They then added blood stains, burn holes, scorches and water stains to achieve the final effect.

Christians for centuries have revered the shroud as a holy artifact. Turns out it’s a fraud, and likely one used to pry hard-earned money from the faithful.

Just another reminder of the importance of science, reason, and logic, and why assertions of faith should not be exempt from rational criticism.

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