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This is my most important book because it has to do with the most important issue in life - life and death. I'm a journalist by trade. I do the best I can to give you the facts, pro and con. I would be derelict in my duty if I didn't. Both sides enables YOU to make the call.

The Shroud of Turin is a scientific mystery - not a religious tract. After 100 years of scientific inquiry in the relic science has not been able to solve the shroud's mysteries. It's greatest proponents are scientists - not religionists. Carbon 14 tests made in the 1980s were wrong. You can read why in the book. The more scientists examine the facts of the shroud, the more mystery they uncover.

If you like true mystery, if you are in anyway concerned with history and religion, if you are a Christian and are interested in the history of your faith, The Truth About the Shroud of Turin will be well worth your time. Whatever you are or believe, this book will challenge you to come up with answers. And if you do, please let me know.

Robert K. Wilcox
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Is the shroud of Turin—an ancient linen bearing the mysterious image of a man, purported to be Jesus of Nazareth—the ingenious work of an artist, or the true shroud of Christ? For centuries, this question has perplexed and enticed the most brilliant minds. Now, in The Truth about the Shroud of Turin: Solving the Mystery, journalist Robert K. Wilcox investigates every aspect of the shroud’s history, from the ancient Egyptian weave of the cloth to the possible role of radiation in forming the image on its surface. Drawing on evidence collected over thirty years of travel, interviews with experts, and painstaking research, Wilcox presents the full story of the shroud in astonishing detail. The shroud of Turin—a clever hoax or the authentic burial cloth of Jesus Christ? Read this reporter’s journey and discover the truth.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 252 pages
  • Publisher: Regnery Publishing; Revised edition edition (March 9, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 159698600X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596986008
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #775,995 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Robert K. Wilcox is the award-winning, bestselling non-fiction and novel writer of such works as Scream of Eagles, Wings of Fury and Target:Patton: The plot to assassinate Gen. George S. Patton. His latest book is The Truth About the Shroud of Turin. In addition to his writing for film and television, he has reported for The New York Times and written for numerous national and international publications including the Miami Herald's Tropic magazine, the Los Angeles Times, and National Geographic. He started his career as a reporter and editor for the Miami News. During the Vietnam War he was an Air Force Information Officer. He lives in Los Angeles. His website is www.robertkwilcox.com .

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56 of 60 people found the following review helpful By Gabe on March 14, 2010
Format: Paperback
I read Robert K. Wilcox's first book on the mysterious Shroud about a year ago. The present book is a revision and significant updating of that first book, bringing the reader completely up-to-date with the latest scientific findings.

Wilcox takes the approach of an investigative journalist. He comes to the Shroud with no evident preconception or religious/irreligous prejudice. He is thorough in exploring every conceivable hypothesis of what the Shroud is -- from the Shroud being a Medieval painted forgery to it being as old as the time of Christ and from the same Palestine area. Wilcox takes the reader as he travels to continents and countries to interview and consult with a diverse range of experts, including archeologists, artists (painters), photographers, theologians, and top atomic physicists. He is facile at translating complex scientific concepts to make them readily understandable to the lay reader. One by one, Wilcox demonstrates how each alternate hypothesis for the Shroud falls apart, leaving in the end only one possible conclusion. Readers of the secular rationalist bent will appreciate Wilcox's meticulous empiricism, while readers of Christian faith will find their faith vindicated. This is not to say that the two groups are mutually exclusive categories. In fact, the Shroud is the best confirmation that faith and science are not antagonistic, but can be mutually reinforcing.

In the end, what is most intriguing about the Shroud is that its astounding characteristics and true nature are increasingly revealed as human beings grow more in knowledge and our science becomes increasingly advanced and sophisticated. Instead of science showing the Shroud to be a fake, it is with science that the Shroud's miraculous character is revealed.
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73 of 87 people found the following review helpful By Richard Masloski on March 21, 2010
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When I ordered this book, I thought it was brand, spanking new. Little did I know it was a makeover of a book written in 1977! And a book I already had in my collection - somewhere. (I have alot of books! Mostly from Amazon!) Anyway - I reread the book to find what was newly added to it. 37 pages out of a 234 page book, by my count. What is new - SPOILER ALERT - is what has been hinted at all along since the controversial Carbon 14 datings of 1988...and that is that the test samples were not from the original Shroud at all, but pieces of patchwork from the time scientifically deduced by the testing. This issue was being addressed almost as soon as the test results were back, in addition to other theories as to why the date was medieval and not closer to the time of Jesus.

So what Mr. Wilcox has done, in effect, is what was done to the Shroud. A small patch of it was sewn into a corner, a 5 1/2 x 3 1/2 snippet compared to the Shroud's overall 14 foot length - this was allegedly done sometime in 1508 and this is what was dated. With this revamped book Wilcox has done much the same thing: added a snippet to an old dusty book and got it on the market for this coming Easter's public showing of the Shroud by its Turin guardians. Great timing!

I am genuinely mystified by the Shroud. When I had first heard the Carbon 14 results I said to myself, okay, there's a date indicating forgery...and most all of science was so smug about the dating's infallibility - but they could NOT explain how the image got on the Shroud.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Papaya on April 6, 2010
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I guess I'm behind the times but I knew little about the Shroud of Turin when I ran into this book, very reasonably priced. Material evidence of Jesus? That was interesting. I had some idea of Veronica's Veil, but this ancient cloth has a strange total body image, front and back, on it. It has a tradition of being Jesus's burial cloth and a very plausible history back to the tomb in the Bible. But it's the science about this linen cloth that is really impressive. The image is like a photographic negative. But in fact something etched the images in such precision that it goes beyond a photo. Sophisticated computers can read the image to the point that a 3-dimensional holograph can be made of the man in the shroud. No paintings or conventional photos can be converted like that. Wilcox, a journalist, weaves a good story here - a great story. He starts with the first photographs taken in 1898. That was the start of scientific interest in the shroud. Doctors say the man in the shroud pictures is a real corpse. It exhibits astounding anatomical realism. It's not a traditional Christ which argues against a forgery. Some scientists say they can see flowers in the images, like funeral wreaths, which are native to Jerusalem and only bloom around Easter. The Vatican says it's found documents that plug important gaps in the shroud's history. For someone like me who didn't know much about the shroud this is a great primer. Wilcox takes the reader on a search literally around the world. He apparently thinks the shroud is authentic but lets the reader decide. This is a genuine mystery of awesome proportions and those wanting to get an up-to-the-minute read on this phenomenon should get this book. You won't be disappointed!
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