Being Good Friday – not, I stress, April Fool’s Day – this one’s hoot: using the Shroud of Turin, Giulio Fanti, Associate Professor at the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Padua University, has created a 3D ‘carbon copy’ of Jesus Christ after the ‘Messiah’ was tortured and crucified.
Life Site News says the Shroud of Turin is believed to be a cloth in which Jesus was wrapped after he died and quoted Fanti as saying:
We believe that we finally have the precise image of what Jesus looked like on this earth.
Fanti says that based on the marks on the Shroud of Turin, Jesus received “a total of at least 600 blows”, and his creation reflects these wounds.
At the moment of his death, the man of the Shroud sagged down towards the right, because his right shoulder was dislocated so seriously as to injure the nerves.
In this report Fanti said:
According to our studies, Jesus was a man of extraordinary beauty. Long-limbed, but very robust, he was nearly five feet 11 inches tall, whereas the average height at the time was around five feet five inches. And he had a regal and majestic expression.
As LSN provided no details about the learned professor, above, let me provide some. In an undated interview he said he developed an interest in the shroud at the age of 8. He was asked:
Do you believe the Shroud is likely the burial cloth of Jesus Christ, a fake relic, or are you uncertain what to believe?
When he was asked what he experiences in the presence of the shroud, he replied:
I must separate scientific aspects from religious ones. From a scientific point of view both my researches and the studies performed by the students (of Mechanical Engineering) in thesis with me ALL lead to a confirmation of the authenticity of the Shroud even if, up to now, no sure proof has been evidenced.
From a religious point of view, I am sure that the Holy Shroud is authentic and it is the most important Relic of Christianity. This because, following a precise question of mine, I had a personal ‘answer’ in 1998 in front of the Relic.
I again have to separate scientific points of views from religious ones. Sometimes I experienced nothing especially when I was in front of the Shroud as a photographer or as a researcher. But sometimes, when I was as a humble believer, especially during the Holy Masses, my interior sentiments were very strong and not easy to describe in few words.
Fanti revealed that his university gave him €54,000 to conduct a scientific study of the shroud.
The Turin Shroud is a very interesting object to be studied from a scientific point of view, but it is not only this. Especially from a religious point of view, it is the material proof of what Jesus Christ suffered for me and for all the mankind.
But there is something more important. After many years of scientific studies and reflections, I see the body image on the Shroud as the photo of Jesus Christ’s Resurrection and this image assures me that there is another life after this one. This is the reason why I am pushed to change my objectives of my life.
Back in 2013, according to The Shroud of Turin blog, Fanti wrote, with the help of a journalist, Saverio Gaeta, wrote book entitled Il Mistero della Sindone (The Mystery of the Shroud), about his experiments.