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Amazing film on the Shroud of Turin.

About Fr. Dwight Longenecker
  • http://spikeisbest.blogspot.com Paul Stilwell

    Father, Happy Easter to you and your family!

    Just thought I should say something. Don’t you think this documentary, as good as it is, should come with some warnings? It has a rather gnostic bent to it? Jesus was not “transformed into light”, leaving behind a shroud with the wrappings intact. He unwrapped the shroud Himself and walked out of the tomb, fully man and fully God, fully glorified.

    I very much believe in the shroud’s authenticity, but I would rather be a faithful orthodox Catholic who disbelieves in the shroud’s authenticity rather than a heretical gnostic who believes in the shroud’s authenticity.

  • Mike

    Very well done. I read Jackson’s original report when it first came out. Glad others have followed up. They touched all the bases especially the radio-carbon dating controversy. One point not made in the video is that parts of the shroud are indeed medieval. At some point, pieces of cloth were sewn onto the shroud apparently to re-enforce it. I noticed that the segment of the shroud from which the radio-carbon dating sample was cut seemed to be different from the rest. Perhaps it was one of the added pieces.

    I was moved when the animation opened its eyes. I wonder what a life-size interactive animation would be like?

    I too was put off by the Gnostic spin (as well as a veiled reference to super string theory) but this sort of sensationalism is typical of History Channel. I just ignored it.

    I believe that the shroud is authentic but my faith does not depend on this. If it were conclusively proved to be a fraud I would be disappointed, not devastated.

  • http://oldbob44.blogspot.com Bob Wirth

    “I would rather be a faithful orthodox Catholic….” Yes, agreed! Definitely!
    My personal take on this is that the contradiction is only apparent. Being “God from God, light from light, true God from true God,” Jesus could have gotten out of the shroud and the tomb any way He wanted to. Gospel evidence is that He could relocate Himself at will: from Emmaus, into the upper room, and so on. I do not see this as inconsistent with e = m*(c^2), which postulates that matter and energy are interchangeable. Happy Easter!

  • http://oldbob44.blogspot.com Bob Wirth

    “I would rather be a faithful orthodox Catholic….” Yes, agreed! Definitely!
    My personal take on this is that the contradiction is only apparent. Being “God from God, light from light, true God from true God,” Jesus could have gotten out of the shroud and the tomb any way He wanted to. Gospel evidence is that He could relocate Himself at will: from Emmaus, into the upper room, and so on. I do not see this as inconsistent with e = m*(c^2), which postulates that matter and energy are interchangeable. Happy Easter!

  • Keith

    This is OK but there are better videos on the Shroud with more orthodox views. I’m thinking of Silent Witness, for one. The History Channel does work that is often flawed, sometimes seriously, in this case, only somewhat.


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