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A chemist who worked on testing of the Shroud of Turin says new analysis of the fibre indicates the cloth that some say was the burial linen of Jesus could be up to 3,000 years old.

Even if we could conclusively prove that this sheet of cloth was wrapped around the body of a man named Jesus around 2000 years ago, what more would we really have learned?

Testing this cloth appears to me to be an excersize in destroying people’s beliefs for very little, if any, scientific gain. And that’s not right.

The original Guardian article from which the above quotation is taken can be found here.

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