Did Shroud of Turin Inspire Spread of Christianity?
A hoax or a miracle? The Shroud of Turin has inspired this question for centuries. Now, an art historian says this piece of cloth, said to bear the imprint of the crucified body of Jesus Christ, may be something in between.
According to Thomas de Wesselow, formerly of Cambridge University, the controversial shroud is no medieval forgery, as a 1989 attempt at radiocarbon dating suggests. Nor is the strange outline of the body on the fabric a miracle, de Wesselow writes in his new book, “The Sign: The Shroud of Turin and the Secret of the Resurrection”. Instead, de Wesselow suggests, the shroud was created by natural chemical processes — and then interpreted by Jesus’ followers as a sign of his resurrection.