It’s Easter, time to resurrect the latest Shroud of Turin publicity circus

The Shroud. Yes, I’m sick of hearing about this, too. But, damn, it appears to still generate book sales and feed from the blind faithful.

Shroud of Turin returns to spotlight with new pope, new app, new debate – Cosmic Log.

The age-old debate over the Shroud of Turin is being resurrected this Easter — thanks to the attention of a new pope, the creation of a “Shroud 2.0″ app, and a new book that claims the cloth dates back to Jesus’ time.

The claim immediately faced a wave of criticism, including a harsh statement from Turin’s archbishop that some say has driven a stake into the book’s heart.

The newly published Italian-language book — “Il Mistero Della Sindone,” or “The Mystery of the Shroud” — recycles some of those claims, adds in some fresh results from single-fiber tests, and makes the argument that the shroud shows the difficult-to-reproduce image of a man who lived sometime between 280 B.C. and the year 220.

Throw in a Papal audience with the cloth and a new iphone app and the publicity engine is in full churn.

Turin_plaschThe new book appears to use some new but dubious testing methods to date the fabric back to year 33. But the best testing was done in 1988 via mass spectrometry, which gave a date range between 1260 and 1390. This is considered the accepted age of the piece produced by an artist, not by a divine act.

An Archbishop is quoted as even dubious of the authenticity of the fibers used in the new study included in a book conveniently promoted during the Resurrection season.

Yes, the Shroud is strictly a matter of faith over science and reason. So, don’t expect this ratty old piece to go away anytime soon.

Here is last year’s Shroud hype.

  7 comments for “It’s Easter, time to resurrect the latest Shroud of Turin publicity circus

  1. Brad
    March 29, 2013 at 4:28 PM

    There’s an active thread about the Shroud on the JREF forums that’s been running for over a year now:
    http://forums.randi.org/showthread.php?t=226761

  2. Kathy
    March 29, 2013 at 5:49 PM

    The face on the Shroud doesn’t even look like Jesus. See http://www.popularmechanics.com/science/health/forensics/1282186

  3. RDW
    March 29, 2013 at 6:33 PM

    It looks more like Frank Zappa to me.

  4. PeachyDharma
    March 29, 2013 at 10:35 PM

    I just read Melba Ketchum wants to test it for DNA. Sadly, I’m not joking. The implications are staggering.

  5. spookyparadigm
    March 30, 2013 at 2:41 PM

    Actually Peachy, it isn’t surprising in the least. Putting the origins of Sasquatch in the Middle East 13,000 years ago (IIRC) kind of recast the whole enterprise.

  6. Kev
    March 30, 2013 at 9:06 PM

    Q: If it’s really an image of Jesus, why is it not named ‘The Shroud of Jerusalem’, or ‘The Shroud of Calvary’?
    A: It’s called The Shroud of Turin because that’s where the artist who made it lived

  7. GdB
    April 4, 2013 at 1:52 PM

    A critical review of Giulio Fanti’s new book about the Shroud of Turin: unreliable results
    http://shroudstory.com/2013/04/04/a-critical-review-of-giulio-fantis-new-book-unreliable-results-because-of-inadequacy-of-methods/

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