Friday, March 25, 2005

Shrouded in cloth, glass and paint

A random English teacher from Idaho claims to have figured out one way the Shroud of Turin, the relic said to be the burial shroud of Jesus complete with his image burned into it, could have been forged in the middle ages, when radio-carbon dating says the cloth is from:

Wilson is himself an evangelical Christian but said his views on the shroud don't change his faith.

"I'm a Bible-believing Christian who believes in the Resurrection completely without a doubt," he said.

The Shroud of Turin is a linen cloth, about 14 feet long and 3 feet wide, that has been kept in the city of Turin, Italy, since 1578. It bears the image of a man with wounds similar to those suffered by Jesus. Believers say it was used to wrap Christ after he was taken off the cross.

The English instructor believes a medieval forger could have painted the image of a crucified man on a pane of glass, laid it on the linen, then left it outside in the sun to bleach the cloth for several days. As the linen lightened, the painted image of the man remained dark on the cloth, creating the equivalent of a photo negative.

Link to AP story. Also, here's the teacher's website. And here's a picture of the way he pulled it off:

Only fitting that a pinko like Nathan Wilson would be from a town called Moscow.

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