Astonishing discovery at Christ’s tomb supports Turin Shroud

 

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By Deacon Nick Donnelly, EWTN News:

An astonishing discovery has been made during repair work to the Edicule — the ancient chamber housing Jesus’ tomb in Jerusalem’s Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Scientists have reported extraordinary phemonena that may support the authenticity of the Holy Shroud of Turin.

 

On October 26, 27 and 28, 2016 a group of scientists and religious authorities oversaw the removal of the marble slab that covers the tomb of Christ. Marie-Armelle Beaulieu, editor-in-chief of Terre Sainte Magazine, reports that some of the measuring instruments used by scientists were altered by electromagnetic disturbances when they were placed directly on the stone in which Christ’s body rested. The scientists reports that their measuring devices either malfunctioned or ceased to work at all. Aleteia reports

The phenomenon was confirmed by one of the scientists authorized to access the tomb. Later, one of the heads of the building and construction team, Antonia Moropoulou, indicated that it is really hard to imagine that someone would be willing to put in danger his or her reputation just because of a “publicity stunt.” Moreover, the journalist testifies to the scientists’ surprise during the opening of the slab: they hoped that the grave would be much lower than it was. Their conclusion: previously performed analyses with the instruments seemed to have been distorted by an electromagnetic disturbance.

The observation of unusual electromagnetic disturbances at the tomb of Our Lord may support a scientific hypothesis proposed to explain the creation of the mysterious image on the Holy Shroud of Turin. After five years of study and experiments scientists at Italy’s National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Economic Development [ENEA] concluded that the Shroud of Turin cannot be a ‘medieval fake’.  The ENEA study proposed that the image may have been created by an intense source of light, but no man-made light would produce the required strength.

The ENEA scientists attempted to re-create the shroud image using a CO2 laser:

“One of the assumptions related to the formation of the image was that regarding some  form of electromagnetic energy (such as a flash of light at short wavelength), which could fit the requirements for reproducing the main features of the Shroud image, such as superficiality of color, color gradient, the image also in areas of the body not in contact with the cloth and the absence of pigment on the sheet.

The first attempts made to reproduce the face on the Shroud by radiation, used a CO2 laser which produced an image on a linen fabric that is similar at a macroscopic level.  However, microscopic analysis showed a coloring that is too deep and many charred linen threads, features that are incompatible with the Shroud image.  Instead, the results of ENEA “show that a short and intense burst of VUV directional radiation can color a linen cloth so as to reproduce many of the peculiar characteristics of the body image on the Shroud of Turin, including shades of color, the surface color of the fibrils of the outer linen fabric, and the absence of fluorescence”.

‘However, Enea scientists warn, “it should be noted that the total power of VUV radiations required to instantly color the surface of linen that corresponds to a human of average height, body surface area equal to = 2000 MW/cm2 17000 cm2 = 34 thousand billion watts makes it impractical today to reproduce the entire Shroud image using a single laser excimer, since this power cannot be produced by any VUV light source built to date (the most powerful available on the market come to several billion watts )”.

Comment

The ENEA study of the Holy Shroud of Turin concluded that it would take 34 Thousand Billion Watts of VUV radiations to make the image on the shroud. This output of electromagnetic energy remains beyond human technology. The unusual electromagnetic phenomena observed at the site of Christ’s tomb 2,000 years after the Resurrection may be the after-effects of the event that created the image on the Shroud. It may be worthwhile for the ENEA scientists to confer with the scientists involved with the repair work at the Edicule to ascertain if these electromagnetic phenomena support their hypothesis.

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17 Responses to Astonishing discovery at Christ’s tomb supports Turin Shroud

  1. Toad says:

    1: “Astonishing discovery at Christ’s tomb supports Turin Shroud”
    2:“….extraordinary phemonena that may support the authenticity of the Holy Shroud
    Let’s not get carried away yet.

  2. kathleen says:

    I don’t see anyone getting “carried away”, Toad, but Nick Donnelly is speaking with the right sense of caution.

    In fact, ever since the Shroud was first photographed at the end of the 19th century, with the amazing revelation that the strange image on the cloth was the more lifelike negative of a photographic image of a crucified man, with each of the marks on his body relating to the Passion of Christ in the gospels, the scientists have set to work on their investigations with the utmost impartiality.

    Even with the most updated modern technology today, the Shroud’s secrets point always to its genuiniity. But never, ever, will this be a 100% proof, for the simple reason that faith in Christ and the Resurrection must always be man’s freely made choice.

  3. Toad says:

    “But never, ever, will this be a 100% proof, for the simple reason that faith in Christ and the Resurrection must always be man’s freely made choice.”
    True, Kathleen. For the simple reason that practically nothing – apart from some mathematics and formal logic – can ever be “proved,” only demonstrated to general agreement and consent.

    My scepticism regarding the shroud and similar relics, such as the cloth Veronica employed – stems from the idea I have of believers saying, “Wouldn’t it be splendid if we had these objects – or the nails used at the Crucifixion, or milk from Mary’s breast, or the head of John the Baptist?”
    And, Abracadabra!

    …However, the theory, or at least possibility, that Christ was resuscitated by some massive burst of nuclear radiation, or whatever – is certainly thought-provoking.

  4. John says:

    So if they studied it and concluded it wasn’t a medieval fake then presumably they dated another area of it earlier than previous testing?

  5. John says:

    Kathleen I have seen many carried away by an image of a long haired man apparently of Nordic extraction that purports to be of a middle eastern man who considered it a disgrace for men to have long hair. An item that emerged in the Middle Ages in Europe where there were lots of white men and long hair was fashionable. Then the thing got dated to the Middle Ages. But on the basis of unexplained origin people assume it is Christ’s burial shroud with his image on it. That isn’t getting carried away?

  6. kathleen says:

    Toad @ 10:39

    I’m in a rush right now, but you might find this informative post Witness to Relics quite helpful. It was written by our long lost Michael and first published on his great blog, “Journey Towards Easter”, (now, sadly, defunct). It explains how visible relics of tangible realities can draw us closer to our history of God’s plan for Man’s Salvation.

    Toad, Faith always comes hand-in-glove with Man’s God given reason. A sincere and humble man who seeks God will always find He Who first planted the seed of our desire for God in our hearts. Once the seeker has left his pride behind and realises he owes everything to his Creator, and left behind his secret little sins – those he so enjoyed, but couldn’t admit to 😉 – and given his all to His Loving Saviour, his ‘restless heart’ will finally know peace.

  7. kathleen says:

    @ John

    The only experiment to have given a presumably negative pointer towards the Holy Shroud being “a medieval fake” was the Carbon 14 dating. There is now substantial evidence demonstrating that these tests were flawed, and that threads used by nuns in repair work on the Shroud were used together with the old threads for the tests. This inevitably led to a distortion in the dating of the cloth.

    Sorry, no time for more right now.

  8. Toad says:

    ” A sincere and humble man who seeks God will always find He Who first planted the seed of our desire for God in our hearts.”
    What you are asserting, Kathleen, is (if I read you correctly) – that if we sufficiently want to believe a particular phenomenon, no matter how bizarre, we will go ahead and do so – regardless of any logic involved – acting on pure emotion alone.
    If so, I agree. I do such things myself, all too frequently.
    Which is why, for example, I believes that Trump would not be elected, despite the looming and apparent evidence.
    ….And, would your agree that your comment above applies equally to Mormons, Methodists, and Muslims?
    If not, why not?

  9. kathleen says:

    Toad, as usual you have not read me “correctly”.
    If you re-read my comment you will see that I said that Reason together with Faith* (fides et ratiio) are necessary to the one who seeks God. It’s no good saying something like: “I believe pigs can fly because I want to believe this implausible idea”! You must use your intelligent human reasoning too in your faith journey.

    ….And, would your agree that your comment above applies equally to Mormons, Methodists, and Muslims?
    If not, why not?

    What exactly are you asking me here? All these groups you name have a monotheistic belief in God, with the Methodists and Mormons naturally (because they are Christians) being closer to the fullness of Truth than Muslims.
    The vast majority of people in the world have an innate instinct that God exists, that Man has an immortal soul, and will therefore seek, in greater or lesser degree, to obey His commandments – even many so-called Agnostics have this “instinct” – although they may have an incomplete understanding of the Nature of God.

    The Holy Shroud of Turin certainly appears to be genuine. Its prominence today comes from modern scientific advances that all point to it being the same garment that covered the Sacred Body of Christ when He lay in the tomb. If it were a fake, it is almost impossible that this should not have been exposed by now, although what caused the shadowy images to be graven on the linen cloth still remains a mystery. (Lots of theories abound though.)

    Perhaps it truly was, as many believe, God’s gift for our incredulous age. IOW, the slightest heavenly “push” towards understanding and belief for all those doubting Thomases out there! 😉

  10. John says:

    The excuse was made that repair threads were included (even though the dating supports other facts). If there was confidence in that theory why not just date another part of the medieval fake?

  11. kathleen says:

    @ John

    This will happen; a new dating will take place, but I don’t know when.
    The problem seems to lie in that until the Carbon 14 dating is perfected, the pieces needed to be taken from this holy relic to be tested are too large.

    What evidence do you have, may I ask, to affirm that the Shroud is a medieval fake?

  12. geoffkiernan says:

    John at 2304. “…medieval fake?” I like you have yet to be convinced. Unlike you It seems, I have an open mind on the matter. Yes…so what evidence do you have that it is a fake?
    Please dont keep us all suspended in our suspenders any longer than is necessary

  13. Toad says:

    “..even many so-called Agnostics have this “instinct” – although they may have an incomplete understanding of the Nature of God.”
    So, you claim have a complete understanding of the nature of God. The majority of us are not so fortunate. It makes you God, of course. Same as to have a complete understanding of a bat, you’d have to be a bat.
    As a fanatical Agnostic myself ( I believe anyone who claims to know anything metaphysical should be burned as a heretic) I kind of agree, bur not quite.
    We all (or maybe just I) feel instinctively that dearth cannot – in factshould not – be the end, although reason and logic tells us it most probably is.
    Why do we do this? Tom’s friend, T.SS Eliot (yes, Anglican) says something like, “..human beings can’r stand too much reality.”I tend to agree. Might be wrong, though.

    “What evidence do you have, may I ask, to affirm that the Shroud is a medieval fake?”
    Because it has the paradigm historical provenance of a medieval fake.
    Which does not necessarily make it one, of course.
    Also – although this is certainly not evidence – it looks (ti me) too good to be true.

  14. Toad says:

    “…Same as to have a complete understanding of a bat, you’d have to be a bat.”

    http://organizations.utep.edu/Portals/1475/nagel_bat.pdf

  15. kathleen says:

    Toad @ 07:31

    Don’t worry, Toad, I see what you are up to, and I won’t bite the bait this time. You’ve had your fun with the usual pretense at misunderstanding what I was saying to you. More fool me for wasting precious time answering you earlier just in case this time you truly might have been interested. Of course you’re not…. and probably never will be, whatever the subject under discussion might be if it has anything to do with Catholicism.

    You only stick around here to mock and tease. Admit it!

  16. Toad says:

    “You only stick around here to mock and tease. Admit it!”
    Many thanks, but please don’t worry about my worrying, Kathleen.

    Far from “mocking and teasing,” I regard my mission on CP&S the same as some old Hussar, a century ago, described the role of the cavalry in modern warfare, “To lend tone to what would otherwise be a vulgar brawl.” Nor am I invariably successful, as you will readily agree.

    .”…just in case this time you truly might have been interested. Of course you’re not….”
    Fie, Kathleen! Not interested? Moi? Let me assure you I find the vagaries of Catholicism perennially interesting and utterly absorbing, especially in these exciting and stimulating times.
    I’d have thought that was obvious by now.

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