The shroud is a fascinating example of a dialogue between Science and Religion/Faith. The shroud cannot be used to prove the resurrection or faith. On the other hand, I am of the opinion that the 1988 carbon dating test (which resulted in dating the shroud to between 1260 and 1390) is not conclusive. From a scientific point of view, looking back on it, that test clearly does not stand up to appropriate rigour. A further issue is the inability of current technology to replicate anything like the shroud’s image.
I have purchased Ian Wilson’s new book, and started looking at it, but have not read far enough to make a proper review – but certainly I know it will be a quality read.
The History Channel is showing a documentary and a download will be provided. I am looking forward to watching that.
Archbishop Poletto of Turin has said it well:
It is quite clear to all that our Christian faith is not based on the shroud but on the Gospel and the teaching of the Apostles. However, the displaying of the Shroud is an occasion to help the faithful meditate, pray and contemplate on the mystery and extraordinary suffering of Christ. There is no mathematical certainty that the Shroud is indeed the cloth in which Our Lord was wrapped. This can only come from scientists and historians, if it is possible at all. However, it is also true that all attempts to imitate or recreate it artificially have failed and it is certainly not something which was manufactured.