The Shroud, the patch from the wrong area, and the new UV-image effect

The scientist who was the main champion for saying the Shroud of Turin was a middle-ages fraud after carbon dating, once set about to refute new evidence that showed the sample was tainted from a repair patch sewed onto the original. Instead, after his research, he published his conclusions that although the carbon dating was accurate, it was from the worst possible area of the cloth:

From web article at, “Studies on the radiocarbon sample from the Shroud of Turin”:

Preliminary estimates of the kinetics constants for the loss of vanillin from lignin indicate a much older age for the cloth than the radiocarbon analyses. The radiocarbon sampling area is uniquely coated with a yellow–brown plant gum containing dye lakes. Pyrolysis-mass-spectrometry results from the sample area coupled with microscopic and microchemical observations prove that the radiocarbon sample was not part of the original cloth of the Shroud of Turin. The radiocarbon date was thus not valid for determining the true age of the shroud.

I despise the veneration of trinkets and pieces of bone, and I despise forgeries with much more vituperation than any atheist could ever muster, because of the fact that they provide excuses for those who do not want to consider actual evidence. They provide the excuse for those who refuse the truth that would set them free, so they are all the much more beyond the worst contempt.

Money changers and those who use the name of God in vain for their own aggrandizement and enrichment make God furious above all, and they deserve all the consequences.

But those who hypocritically use such hustlers are just as bad who try to use them to smear the good works and good fruits of those who live out the love of Christ toward their fellow man, whose works do follow them.

But these are times of such heavy propaganda barrages against the truth, in spite of the historical, social, scientific collection of facts that gives testimony to the truth of the word of God. In that context, it seems that God opens up more physical evidence to testify to the truth, even as the world becomes more cynical and the indoctrination and propaganda machines become more ubiquitous.

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