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Turin shroud ‘3,000 years old’


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I keep old posts on the site because I often enjoy reading old content on other people's sites. Not everything that is old is bad. It can be interesting to see how views have changed over time: for example, how my strident teenage views have mellowed and matured.

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Okay. Consider yourself duly warned. Read on...

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.

This 277th post was filed under: News and Comment.

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