Sunday, April 12, 2009

The Shroud of Turin: Will This Relic Cast Away the Doubt in the Thomases of the World

I have wondered what would be the implication for religions of the world if science came to the conclusion that the Shroud of Turin was indeed a burial cloth that was dated at the time of the life of Christ.

An interesting article was written, titled Faith, Proof and Relics and there is part of the article that struck me:

The Shroud of Turin underscores an essential aspect of religion. Believers suspend their rational processes and undertake an act of faith. Yet the power of holy relics is that they offer the tantalizing possibility of concrete proof of that belief, setting up a battle between reason and devotion.

As I said before, the implication if the Shroud was to be authentic in date, is great and yet, it could cause a debate between religions to grow.

Would there be the possibility of religions coming together or would there be a wider gap in belief. Would there be calls that the Shroud proves nothing other than that it was a man or possible prophet?

The Shroud of Turin has always intrigued me in that throughout history, science has tried to find answers to how the world was created, scientists through their intelligence, designed the theory of evolution and yet they question the legitimacy of theory on an intelligent design.

Then through scientific experiments, scientists found fault with a piece of cloth with an image of a man that seems to support the story of Jesus, who was tortured and crucified.

We live in a time of when science is fact, but we find people who are not scientists, debunking the scientific "facts".

There is an irony of many sorts in that a doubt in a scientific "fact" and blind faith, led to the scientific proof that the scientific dating of the Shroud was wrong.

This proves a point that blind faith combined with doubt can lead to answers that may turn the "Doubting Thomases" of the world into a "Thomas the Believer".

Happy Easter...


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Anonymous said...

While I may not be the most religious person in the world,I have zero doubt that a man named Jesus walked this Earth. That he brought forth the greatest religion ever seen by man.

Bungalow Bill said...

I remember how powerful of an image it was the first time I saw the Shroud of Turin many years ago. It is really amazing what it's revealed.

Tom said...

Same feelings here. Happy Easter to the both of you.