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Resurrection of the Shroud: New Scientific, Medical, and Archeological Evidence Paperback – November 28, 2001
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- Publisher : M. Evans and Company, Inc. (November 28, 2001)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 320 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0871319632
- ISBN-13 : 978-0871319630
- Item Weight : 1.14 pounds
- Dimensions : 6.1 x 1.01 x 9.02 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #3,387,040 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Kirkus Reviews once again exposes their rabid bias ... see their other "reviews" on similar topics. What is the source of their contempt? Is there just one anti-Christian reviewer assigned to books with religious implications? Does he worship at the altar of Spong? I'll have to take a look later. But I think we can accurately describe the last third of the "review" as standard, vague, boilerplate, fundamentalist atheist drivel.
Thankfully, not all atheists are so closed-minded.
At the beginning of the book the author shares his first encounter with the subject, as an agnostic. Intrigued, he continues his investigation, and ... surprise!
Keep in mind that among conservative Christians, the issue of the Shroud is somewhat contested. Last time I looked, Josh McDowell and others were skeptical of the Shroud. So for a nonbeliever to assess the evidence is an interesting ride in itself.
Among other topics, the author reviews different theories of image formation, discusses the different images on the Shroud, and offers a theory which seems to fit the facts on hand. He details the many factors which made the C-14 dating the least reliable indicator ... ironically, the only scientific result thus far to cast doubt on the authenticity of the Shroud. After reading this, why anyone would accept the C-14 results - a textbook example of shoddy science - as a reason to discredit the Shroud is beyond me, and can only be explained by a fear rooted in an emotional need to reject it.
All in all, a good review of all the evidence currently available, and a good look into an honest skeptic's journey towards a truth stranger than fiction.
I would highly recommend the DVD The Fabric of Time as a supplementary video to this exhaustive and extremely well researched book.
The deniers and skeptics cling to the notion that the Shroud is a work of art from the Middle Ages. As you read this book you'll discover how absurd and irrational that viewpoint is. Jesus is Lord!
In fact, I just bought it for a friend of mind (sent through her kindle) so that we could "discuss" it. She said debate, I said discuss. You men take note of that and it will bid well for you.
I have the authors original point of view with respect to religion. The opening section of the book is a nice twist.
Fifty-five years ago when I was still a student of nuclear physics and when I understood the issues relating to the decaying life of C14 I may have immersed myself more. As it is I am too old to go back to my physics textbooks so the most important parts of the book relating to the inaccurate carbon dating I have had to take at face value, and I frankly found those two chapters a little tedious. The theory that the physical resurrection itself changed the carbon 14 content of the shroud is very plausible but the author gets so hooked up in it that he somewhat ignores the very likely probability that the sample used in the carbon dating was a piece of mediaeval invisible mending anyway. The scurrilous behaviour of the carbon dating scientists in sidelining the original Shroud scientific team is mind bogglingly unprofessional and well covered.
As it is, the book, other than the clear exposition of the shonky carbon dating which took place in 1988 offers little that is really new. The author freely admits his reliance on the wonderful historical scenarios originally painted by Ian Wilson. Wilson's original book is a masterpiece of detective work and ingenuity and it is clearly reiterated in this book. Antonacci adds quite a bit of scientific detail without adding to Wilson's overall conclusions. However I did find his conclusion that the image on the shroud only developed over time and may not have been visible in the first couple of centuries after Christ to be quite compelling. It is explained by science and explains the somewhat cavalier approach by Christians to the cloth in the first couple of centuries. They regarded it as genuine but no more special than several other relics.
The explanation of how the resurrection actually took place involving as it must have the dematerialisation of the body in the shroud requires a leap of faith. But in the absence of any other explanation what else is science to conclude other that something took place that science cannot explain. Science will continue to seek a logical explanation, others will be satisfied that it was a miracle. On balance I side with the latter. This explanation is not of course exclusively Antonmacci's and has been postulated by others for a number of years.
Notwithstanding my minor misgivings this is an important book on a rivettingly important subject and is a must read (and keep) for anyone interested in the genre.