Shroud of turin and carbon 14 dating
The altars of Catholic Europe are full of the interred bones of saints who, if their existence is to be believed, must have had 7 legs and 97 ribs.
Frank Wognum, Duffort, France I think that regardless of whether it is or is not Christ's burial cloth, testing should still be allowed to take place.
And even though I want to believe that it belonged to Jesus, I think it would be better if it remained a mystery.
Benjamin, Pittsburgh, USA Time heals all wounds, solves all mystery, and buries all truth. This debate will only be solved after UFOs and the Kennedy assassination.
Unfortunately, some people seem to need or want more. Historically interesting, yes, and relatively unique, but the connection between this cloth and Jesus Christ is stretching the imagination so far as to be ridiculous.
Only the faithful will believe it anyway, and those people who need their faith to be bolstered by something as trivial as this need to question why they believe in the first place.
Maybe, some day, we'll find that the 'story' was true!
Nancy Robinson, Pittsburgh, PA, USA Whether the shroud is faked or real does not diminish in anyway the fact that Christ died and was wrapped in a piece of cloth.
This ruled it out as the possible burial cloth that wrapped the body of Christ."The sample tested was dyed using technology that began to appear in Italy about the time the Crusaders' last bastion fell to the Mameluke Turks in AD 1291," said Mr Rogers."The radiocarbon sample cannot be older than about AD 1290, agreeing with the age determined in 1988."This stuff was manipulated - it was coloured on purpose." In the study, he analysed and compared the sample used in the 1988 tests with other samples from the famous cloth.In addition to the discovery of dye, microchemical tests - which use tiny quantities of materials - provided a way to date the shroud.
The Shroud of Turin is much older than suggested by radiocarbon dating carried out in the 1980s, according to a new study in a peer-reviewed journal.