The Turin Shroud: Is It Supernatural?

Posted: December 22, 2011 in Science
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A great deal of skepticism has accompanied the scientific endeavours that have attempted to elucidate the provenance of the infamous Turin Shroud.  It has commonly been referred to as a medieval fake, but the narrative seems now to have changed dramatically thanks to a group of Italian scientists. In an article written in The Independent,  researchers from the National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Economic Development (Enea) were quoted as saying:

The results show that a short and intense burst of UV directional radiation can colour a linen cloth so as to reproduce many of the peculiar characteristics of the body image on the Shroud of Turin,” they said.

And in case there was any doubt about the preternatural degree of energy needed to make such distinct marks, the Enea report spells it out: “This degree of power cannot be reproduced by any normal UV source built to date.

You can read the remainder of the article here:

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/scientists-say-turin-shroud-is-supernatural-6279512.html

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Comments
  1. Louise H says:

    So God is no longer miraculously making an image directly; now he’s miraculously generating uv radiation in order to make an image. Surely the basic issues attached to anything claimed as outside the laws of nature are unchanged? You can’t prove a miracle with science; you can only disprove one.
    More specifically, you can’t go from “this procedure produces similar results” to “this procedure is the only way to create that result”, and “this procedure could only happen supernaturally.” There is no way to prove either of the “only’s” in those sentences.

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