Looking at the Turin shroud in light of science and faith
Fr Andrew Dalton gives a talk on the shroud.
A lecture on the Shroud of Turin by Legionary of Christ Fr Andrew Dalton attracted a full house at the Church of St Ignatius and the Cathedral of the Good Shepherd on June 20 and 22 respectively.
The Shroud of Turin shows the image of a crucified man. While some believe it to be the linen that wrapped the body of Jesus, others deny its authenticity.
In his talk, Fr Dalton, an Adjunct Professor of Theology in Rome who holds a diploma in Shroud Studies, dealt with the topic of the shroud through the viewpoints of science and faith.
Christian interest in the shroud derives from the fact that St John’s Gospel records how the disciples discovered the burial cloths in the empty tomb on Easter Sunday.
Scientific interest, however, revolves around the mysterious qualities of the cloth, which acts as a photonegative and encodes three-dimensional information.
To this day, no one, even with modern day science and technology, has been able to reproduce a similar image.
Although radiocarbon dating done in 1988 claimed a medieval origin to the cloth, rigorous science proved in 2015 that the sample tested came from a corner of the cloth that is not representative of the rest.
Fr Dalton suggests that the shroud is the natural effect of a supernatural event, namely the resurrection. The shroud reinforces Christian faith and even contributes to our spiritual growth, he added.
Submitted by: SINGAPORE PATRONS OF THE ARTS IN THE VATICAN MUSEUMS