When it comes to religion, there is a constant and urgent need to prove there is someone out there watching out for us. It is the sort of thing that helps us understand what’s going on with the world today. Obviously, as science develops, it only makes sense to have scientists working to find proof. One of the most investigated relics in Christianity is the Shroud of Turin, which has been claimed to be a fake. But Italian scientists say the Shroud of Turin is not a fake, but they still don’t know where it comes from.
Experts at the Italian National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Development released a report that concluded the Shroud of Turin is not a fake. At the same time, scientists investigating the matter say that the purported burial cloth of Jesus Christ could not have been faked.
As stated by their report, scientists conducted tests with X-rays and ultraviolet lights to reproduce the image. In the end, after five years of experiments, scientists could only achieve “a very superficial Shroud-like coloration of linen yarns in a narrow range of irradiation parameters”.
“The double image (front and back) of a scourged and crucified man, barely visible on the linen cloth of the Shroud of Turin, has many physical and chemical characteristics” that made them reach the conclusion the staining “it’s impossible to obtain in a laboratory”.
Scientists say that the image on the shroud must have been created by “some form of electromagnetic energy (such as a flash of light at short wavelength)”, which so far could not have been reproduced.
Professor Paolo Di Lazzaro, project leader, explains: “When one talks about a flash of light being able to colour a piece of linen in the same way as the shroud, discussion inevitably touches on things such as miracles”. But, as scientists, they were only interested in “verifiable scientific processes”.
The new findings are proof that the Shroud of Turin could not have been faked during Medieval times as critics said. However, carbon dating tests carried out in 1988 in Oxford, Zurich and Arizona suggested that the shroud was created some time between 1260 and 1390.