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Product Details

  • Paperback: 178 pages
  • Publisher: Prometheus Books; 1st edition (September 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 087975396X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0879753962
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,312,856 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Joe Nickell has been called "the modern Sherlock Holmes." Since 1995 he has been the world's only full-time, professional, science-based paranormal investigator. His careful, often innovative investigations have won him international respect in a field charged with controversy.

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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By mwreview on December 6, 2004
Format: Paperback
Inquest on the Shroud of Turin by Joe Nickell is a clear, concise, 155-page work explaining the evidence that refutes the authenticity of the 3 1/2' x 14' cloth that allegedly covered the body of Christ after crucifixion and bears his image. Nickell's work is one-sided. He believes the shroud was created by an artist near the time it was first publicly introduced around 1353. He picks apart (sometimes in a mocking manner) the evidence shroud believers use to prove authenticity. As Nickell states at the beginning of the book, his collaboration with a panel of scientific and technical experts accomplishes equal time for the skeptics. According to Nickell, many reports on the shroud are done by pro-authenticity investigators who lack objectivity (p. 8). Mentions made in this book about Roman anatomist Dr. Luigi Gedda who, detecting a slump in the right shoulder of the image, deduced that the image was of a right-handed carpenter (p. 109) and the story of how renown microanalyst Walter McCrone was "drummed out" of the Shroud of Turin Research Project (STURP) for publicizing his findings of iron earth pigment on the blood stains and body image (p. 125) seem to back up his claims of bias accounts of the shroud's authenticity. I do not recommend reading only this one book on the shroud because it is too one-sided (any of the books by Ian Wilson would make a good companion as would Dr. John Heller's Report on the Shroud of Turin) but I also do not think that, because Nickell has an agenda, this book should be discounted. Whether you believe, are skeptical, or are just curious, Nickell makes excellent cases for his side of the issue.Read more ›
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16 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Erik Strommen on June 24, 2000
Format: Paperback
Nickell does a clear, thorough job of debunking all the silly contradictions and self-delusions of those folks who insist on believing that this long-acknowledged fraud actually contained the body of Christ(even the Catholic Church denies its authenticity). A good review of the actual "shroud" tradition (contradicted by the bible itself) and the scientific data disproving the shroud's miraculous nature. Highly recommended for clear thinkers who prefer fact and data to fanciful speculation and self-delusion.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Steven H. Propp TOP 100 REVIEWER on April 25, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Joe Nickell (born 1944) is a prominent American skeptical investigator of the paranormal, as well as Senior Research Fellow for the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry (CSI) and writes regularly for their journal, the Skeptical Inquirer. He is also an associate dean of the Center for Inquiry Institute. He is the author or editor of numerous books such as Lake Monster Mysteries: Investigating the World's Most Elusive Creatures, Tracking the Man-beasts: Sasquatch, Vampires, Zombies, and More, etc. He has now updated this 1983 book: Inquest on the Shroud of Turin: Latest Scientific Findings.

He wrote in the Preface, At approximately the same time that STURP was ... making plans for its tests, I began my own investigation of the shroud. I was intrigued by the image's touted 'photonegative' properties and the assertions that no artist could have produced such an image centuries before the invention of photography. I was also concerned about an obvious lack of objectivity on the part of most shroud investigators... It seemed to me that solving the mystery of the image's formation could lead to an answer to the question of authenticity... [I] finally succeeded in producing similar images by means of a medieval artistic process." (Pg. 8)

He states, "The first Geoffroy de Charny had never explained how he, a man of modest means, had acquired what would have been, IF it were authentic, the most fabulous relic in all of Christendom.
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5 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 17, 1998
Format: Paperback
Nickell gives a entertaining and compleet history of the scientific inquery of 1978 into the Shroud of Turin. He occasionaly gets bogged down in scientific jargen but is very conciously writing for a popular audience. He dedicates a large part of the book to his research (and debunking his adversaries) and this can be tedious at times. All in all it is an interesting and informative book for the scientificly minded person who is interested in the Shroud of Turin.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Robert Hampton Burt on May 5, 2010
Format: Paperback
Inquest on the Shroud of Turin is one of the best examples of competent scientific effort that has thus far been conducted on any topic that is of interest to a large segment of the human population. I read every word in the entire book, and I did not find it tedious or excessive in its coverage. Also I found no incident of mocking or belittling of Christian belief or its adherents. In my opinion, the book is an impartial assessment of forensic evidence which is still pertinent. When you consider who is more likely to be guilty of lying, clearly the churches of Christian belief are guiltier than scientists. And when you consider who is more likely to believe whatever their leaders tell them, Christian believers take the cake there also. This book does not even mention these factors, which, in any rational person's mind, would rightly rank high among the priorities of proof or belief. More than one item of evidence talked about in this book decisively proves the falsity of the shroud without any additional evidence being needed. As we human beings enter the new age which we are just now stepping onto the threshold of, and take our place in the world as genuine adults conscious of the need to believe only what is true, this book will stand above all but a very few others as an example of how we need to conduct ourselves whenever we are confronted by purveyers of false gifts and broken promises.
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