Test The Shroud

Test The Shroud is a book written by Mark Antonacci calling for further testing of the Shroud of Turin.

I'm sure most of you have heard of the Shroud of Turin. The shroud appears to be the burial shroud of a crucified man and there has been controversy over the years as to the origin of the shroud.

Test The Shroud calls for more testing of the shroud to better understand the origin of the image that is on it.

There is also an extensive discussion of the carbon dating testing that was performed in the 80's that dated the shroud to sometime between 1260 and 1390 AD. The author brings to light problems with this testing that calls into question the accuracy of this date.

Antonacci also goes into great detail on how difficult, if not impossible, the image on the shroud would have been to encode on the cloth.

As with anything dealing with Christianity there are those that believe and those that do not. Thus, it is hard for anyone to work on this project and not let their biases get in the way. It appears that there are those out there in the scientific community that do not want to find the real truth behind the origin of the image on the shroud. There are testing methods available today that could bring us closer to finding the answer to the questions about the shroud, but they do not want to see these tests done in a manner that would bring us closer to the truth.

As a believer, the origin of the Shroud of Turin does not and will not affect my relationship with Jesus Christ. On the other hand, I find the subject very interesting. Further testing could possibly give us more tangible scientific evidence of the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus.

As far as the book goes, there is a lot of good and interesting information in Test The Shroud, but some of the book can be some real heavy lifting. Since Antonacci believes that more elemental testing needs to be done he took great care to explain the science behind the testing that needs to be done on the shroud. This leads to chemistry that can get a bit deep, but if you can stick with it, there is a lot learn. Don't fail to look at the appendices, there is information in them that you won't want to miss.

If the Shroud of Turin peaks your interest, this is a good book for you to check out.

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