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I keep old posts on the site because I often enjoy reading old content on other people's sites. It can be interesting to see how views have changed over time: for example, how my strident teenage views have, to put it mildly, mellowed.

I'm not a believer in brushing the past under the carpet. I've written some offensive rubbish on here in the past: deleting it and pretending it never happened doesn't change that. I hope that stumbling across something that's 14 years old won't offend anyone anew, because I hope that people can understand that what I thought and felt and wrote about then is probably very different to what I think and feel and wrote about now. It's a relic of an (albeit recent) bygone era.

So, given the age of this post, please bear in mind:

  • My views may well have changed in the last 14 years. I have written some very silly things over the years, many of which I find utterly cringeworthy today.
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  • Factual information might be outdated.
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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.

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