I am persuaded by the evidence that the Shroud of Turin is the burial sheet of Jesus Christ and bears His crucified and resurrected image.[Previous: May 2015] [Next: July 2015]This is the June 2015 issue of my Shroud of Turin News.
I will add excerpts from Shroud-related news articles to this post, latest uppermost, with my comments in [bold]. excerpts from May and even April Shroud articles in this June issue.
The idea also contradicts a large amount of well-established nuclear science.
After all, nuclear fission generally requires the input of a huge amount of energy - slightly more than, say, hitting something with a hammer. Carbon dating (which measures the number of carbon-14 isotopes in organic material, as they decay at a steady rate, making it possible to determine how old something is) isn't done in isolation.
Whatever it is, it's a mystery how the cloth came to bear the image of a man. It is simply not known how the ghostly image of a serene, bearded man was made.
[This is a significant admission because Philip Ball is a former editor of Nature, the same science journal which in 1989 claimed that radiocarbon had provided "conclusive evidence that the linen of the Shroud of Turin is mediaeval. It does not seem to have been painted, at least with any known historical pigments." (Ball, P., 2005, "To know a veil," Nature news, 28 January. In a carefully worded announcement, the Archbishop of Turin says that the Pope "confirms the devotion to the shroud that millions of pilgrims recognise as a sign of the mystery of the passion and death of the Lord".
The idea is that an earthquake shortly after Jesus' crucifixion released a large burst of neutrons, which both created the image on the shroud, and increased the number of carbon-14 isotopes (the ones used in radiocarbon dating) in the material. The claims are based on "piezonuclear fission", a pet theory of the paper's lead author, Professor Alberto Carpinteri - that crushing solids (like rocks) can cause atoms to split and release neutrons.
I am an Australian evangelical Christian in my 70s.The idea that a burst of neutrons could have skewed the carbon dating results dates back to a letter in Nature in 1989, which suggested that the supernatural resurrection of Jesus could itself have caused a neutron burst that skewed the dating.Neutron imaging is a thing - not dissimilar to X-ray imaging - but it usually involves a) a nuclear reactor to supply the large number of neutrons needed, and b) a specialised way of recording those neutrons, like x-ray film or digital equipment.A piece of cloth is not generally recognised as an especially useful medium to record neutron images on.The Daily Mail report says that the Politecnico di Torino, where Professor Carpinteri works, is "a well respected Italian University," which it may well be - but they neglect to say that it's an engineering school.