The Enigma of the Shroud of Turin

A personal view...

Having started as a skeptic I now find it very difficult to believe that the Shroud is a mediaeval forgery. It seems to me that it is more likely likely that it wrapped the historical Jesus of Nazareth. This would be more difficult to sustain had the C14 test been undertaken more definitively.
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The image is naked and devoid of any marking or symbol that might point in the direction of any one church or denomination. Anyone, from any religious background, can view it without feeling their own particular beliefs and traditions are threatened by it. While the Catholic Church has cared for the Shroud they acknowledge that it does not convey any particular endorsement of its particular form of the faith. It is truly universal.

All that said, the precise nature of the person at the centre of the investigation is arguably the most disputed and controversial in history. For some, the Shroud will be a challenge to approach with an open mind. That is completely understandable. It took me a long time.

The body bears the suffering of a crucifixion yet somehow, the expression on the face, transcends it. Any artist using the complete panoply of the tools of his craft would be confounded to create it. Yet the image is a simple monotone with only the most subtle variations of intensity to convey all that it does. I believe that whatever its origins the Shroud and its image is a sublime work of genius. It is worth, at the very least, a few moments of anyone's time.