Shroud Enigma/Valencia Challenge
Statement in Full
The Valencia Shroud Enigma Challenge
The International Congress of the Shroud of Turin In Spain.
This 2012 conference celebrates 25 years of activity of the C.E.S. To mark this event, and in the light of the evidence accumulated over that period, the Congress issues the following challenge:
The Shroud and its image must be regarded as a unique enigma that has to date defied a scientific explanation despite the C14 test carried out in 1988.
Anyone asserting that the Shroud of Turin is a medieval artefact and who also wishes to claim scientific credentials must first show how it can bear an image with the following characteristics:
Contributing to the discussions and also concurring with the consensus were: Barrie Schwortz, (USA); Dr Andrew Silverman, (UK); Ian Wilson, (Australia) and Mark Guscin (Spain).
Why have such a list?
David Rolfe makes the case for a consensus on the Shroud image characteristics
When this site first decided to pose a challenge to Richard Dawkins it had, somewhat naively, assumed that a consensus on the image characteristics was readily available. This turned out to be not so and a lively discussion began.
Given the timing and the international nature of the Valencia Congress it was the perfect place to pin things down. However, not everyone who might be qualified to contribute could be there or be consulted so it would be rash to assume the above list is "cast in stone". Most of those that did participate all had issues they would have liked to have seen included or refined. I expect and hope the discussion will continue in the various forums that exist. Should there be any specific amendments or additions then these can be put to the original endorsers of the list and, by further consensus, it can be revised. Indeed, new data may also emerge that would require consideration. In the meantime, this site - and indeed anyone else - can pursue their own challenges from a much firmer foundation.
The official delegates picture at the Valencia Conference.