There was the Shroud Science Group conducting discussions in private by email. If there had been a sign and someplace to hang it, it would have read, “No Skeptics Allowed.” At least, it felt that way.
Skepticism is the healthiest of attitudes with all things having to do with religion. For instance, a Christian should never fear new discoveries in science and history.
There can be no better test of the strength and truth of one’s faith than to face the questions posed by new views of reality. At first I didn’t do blogging correctly and this blog didn’t catch on.
We needed to be tempted, not by going into the desert but into the jostling crowd. Eventually, I learned to say less and encouraged others to become the center of the discussion, something I’m not good at.
It is kept in the royal chapel of the Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist in Turin, Italy, from which it derives its most common name.
Some believe the Shroud of Turin is the burial cloth of Jesus and that his image was recorded on its fibers at his resurrection. The question of its true origins continues to be the subject of intense debate among some scientists, believers, historians and writers.
In doing so I created an opportunity to learn a lot from skeptics and non-skeptics alike.
The slow pace of papers and the length of time between conferences, very much the time-tested way, was too slow for my temperament. It reminded me of the proverbial boyhood tree house with the sign that read, “No Girls Allowed.” Maybe that’s unfair: You had to be nominated. No one was ever turned away although a couple of people were eventually kicked out of the group for email misbehaving.
The shroud is woven in a herringbone twill and is composed of flax fibrils entwined with cotton fibrils.
It bears the image of a front and rear view of a naked man with his hands folded across his groin.
The Shroud of Turin is rectangular piece of linen cloth, measuring approximately 4.4 x 1.1 m.
It has been kept in the Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist in Turin, Italy, since 1578.