Catholics staged false dating shroud

15 Aug

Sepia-yellow in color, the apparent frontal and dorsal imprints of a man's body may be discerned on this 4.3 X 1.1-m linen cloth.

Stains of a slightly darker carmine or rust color, with the appearance of blood, are seen in areas consistent with the biblical account of the scourging and crucifixion of Christ.

Riggi died in 2008, but the fibers were transferred to Fanti through the cultural institute Fondazione 3M. Having taken into account differences resulting from the various environments and pollutant levels to which the fabrics were exposed, he’s confident any remaining unaccounted variables are included in the 500-year window within which he placed his primary date of 33 B. Doubts Because of the manner in which Fanti obtained the shroud fibers, many are dubious about his findings.

According to Fanti, both the infrared light beam and the red laser of the Raman spectroscope excite the molecules of the material, and the resulting reflections make it possible “to evaluate the concentration of particular substances contained in the cellulose of the linen fibers.” Because cellulose degrades over time, he said, “it is therefore possible to determine a correlation with the age of the fabric.” Fanti compared his results with nine other ancient textiles of known provenance, with ages from 3000 B. The shroud’s official custodian, Archbishop Cesare Nosiglia of Turin, told “There is no degree of safety on the authenticity of the materials on which these experiments were carried out [on] the shroud cloth.” Responded Fanti, “He did not read my book, and especially its appendix in which the traceability of the samples is clearly shown.” According to Fanti, Riggi unstitched the backing cloth that was sewn onto the shroud in 1532 to protect it after it was damaged in a fire and vacuumed some of the dust that had accumulated between the two sheets, catching this residue on a series of filters.

PADUA, Italy — Just in time for the current Easter season, news emerged from Italy that a new approach to dating the Shroud of Turin has located it squarely in the time frame necessary for it to have wrapped the crucified body of Jesus Christ.

A new book written in Italian, (The Mystery of the Shroud), by Giulio Fanti, professor of mechanical and thermal measurement at the University of Padua’s Engineering Faculty, and journalist Saverio Gaeta, states that by measuring the degradation of cellulose in linen fibers from the shroud, two separate approaches show the cloth is at least 2,000 years old.

See my first introductory post to this blog.hacker.

In 1988 three radiocarbon dating laboratories, Arizona, Zurich and Oxford, all using the same AMS method, dated a postage stamp sized sample of the ~4.85 m Shroud a combined calibrated average of "AD 1260-1390".

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“I discovered a relatively simple technique to detect which linen fibers were from the shroud,” he said, “based on cross-polarized light used in a petrographic microscope.

That’s why I was struck by the BBC documentary on the Shroud that went on the air in England on Easter Saturday.

While I found it boring and completely devoid of narrative hierarchies that might have helped to understand what was doubtful about earlier investigations, it’s significant that the main broadcaster in such an anti-papist country should reopen, leaving aside real or alleged results, the case of dating. Precisely the scientists who then judged the Shroud a fake, are now willing to go back over their steps.

This is the fifth and final installment of page "H" of my Turin Shroud Dictionary. A., ed., "Evangelical Dictionary of Theology" (1990).

If I add to it in future I will split this page into "Ha-Hm" and "Hm-Gz," etc. Gary Habermas is a Professor of Christian Apologetics (defence of Christianity). Search "Shroud" on Habermas' website, Gary, for his many articles on the Shroud.