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The History Channel has tried to give the most realistic depiction yet of the face of Christ, creating a 3-D image based on the Shroud of Turin. ABC News took a look, below.

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Holy Cannoli

posted March 31, 2010 at 5:14 pm

RP Burke

posted March 31, 2010 at 6:18 pm

All this presupposes that the Shroud of Turin is proved as the burial cloth of Christ, an assertion that failed the Carbon-14 test. In any event, the burden of proof remains on those making the extraordinary claim that the shroud is authentic. Not proved means not relevant.

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posted March 31, 2010 at 11:52 pm

Im a Christian, and whether or not the shroud is legit does not affect my faith. If it IS real it only acts to strengthens it. However, recent testing on the shroud has revealed that the portion used for carbon-14 dating was most likely a piece of cloth used to repair the shroud after the fire in the 14th century. Obviously this would skew the results. This information along with the fact that in every depiction of the shroud being handled, it’s being held at the edges (where the piece for dating was cut) has me leery. Where they cut the shroud to carbon date was like the WORST possible place. like i said, whether the shroud is real or not doesn’t really matter to my faith, but many things come in to play when dating the shroud. Carbon dating has been shown to be off by as much as thousands of years in other cases as well.

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Edgar R. Schneider

posted April 1, 2010 at 11:03 am

I’m familiar with the controversy atound the Shroud of Turin, but, I have my own reason for believing its authenticity. Every painting I’ve seen of the Crucifixion shows the nails driven into the palms. This will not support the weight of the human body. The shroud shows that those nails were driven into the wrists, which would support such weight. This indicated authenticity.
There were also some anomalies involving that carbon dating. One is that there was pollen and other impurities. I believe that the History Channel had a program about this showing that, corrected for those impurities, the shroud could be said to come from Jerusalem at about AD 33.

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