Shroud of Turin Debate Reopens
The shroud was from the 13th century, concluded earlier researchers, using carbon 14 dating methods. Now, other experts are claiming the methods were flawed, because the researchers dated a mended patch made by medieval monks. The BBC News reports a new claim that it is older than thought: between 1300 and 3000 years old. National Geographic News says the new tests, published in a peer-reviewed journal, “greatly increase the possibility that the shroud may be as old as Christianity itself.”
We’ll leave it to others to debate whether the Shroud of Turin dates from the time of Christ or not. Even if so, whether it was the burial shroud of Christ is a separate question. Suffice it to say that adherents on both sides had their experts, but experts are only human. Scientific results don’t exist in a vacuum. Fallible humans must interpret them.