A friend in the electronic voting business really took me by surprise today announcing that she planned to attend this conference about the Shroud of Turin!
There’s a global community of scientists, archaeologists, and people across faiths who’ve been captivated by the widely presumed association between this shroud and the crucified Jesus. I copied directly an explanation here from the Conference website:
“The Shroud of Turin is a centuries old linen cloth, about 14 feet long by 3½ feet wide, that bears the image of a crucified man. The twill is a 3-over-1 herringbone weave. It is bloodstained and shows faint front and back images of a man who, by the visible wounds, appears to have been crucified. He seems to be resting in burial repose. A man that millions believe to be Jesus of Nazareth. The ongoing debate is trying to determine if it really is the cloth that wrapped his crucified body, or is it simply a medieval forgery, a hoax perpetrated by some clever artist? Modern science has completed hundreds of thousands of hours of detailed study and intense research on the Shroud. It is, in fact, the single most studied artifact in human history, and we know more about it today than we ever have before.”
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