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Resurrection of the Shroud: New Scientific, Medical, and Archeological Evidence Paperback – August 30, 2001
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From Library Journal
The Shroud of Turin, which some claim to be the burial cloth of Jesus, has been surrounded in controversy, which this book is unlikely to settle. It will, however, provide an extensive, though not necessarily balanced, introduction to issues surrounding the Shroud. Attorney Antonacci reviews previous scientific investigations of the Shroud, examines the image embedded in it, and investigates theories that the image was produced by painting. He looks at archaeological artifacts and reviews scientific challenges to the issue of carbon dating. Antonacci concludes that Jesus emitted a kind of radiation "[that] did not harm [his] body or immediately affect his clothes. Interestingly, those are the same types of features that scientists have independently concluded could be the principal causes of the formation of all the unique features found on the body images and blood marks on the Shroud." Even if the Shroud is from the first century, it seems a bit of a jump to this reviewer that it actually draped Jesus. Nevertheless, patrons interested in this topic will find the book a very useful, interesting, and detailed presentation, and on that basis it is recommended.DDavid Bourquin, California State Univ., San Bernardino
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
From Kirkus Reviews
An attempt to demonstrate the scientific authenticity of the Shroud of Turin, believed by some to be the burial shroud of Jesus.Drawing on the research performed by the Shroud of Turin Research Project (STURP) in 1978, attorney and former law professor Antonacci assembles a superficially impressive body of evidence to discredit the 1988 carbon-dating of the Shroud, challenge the theory that the images on the Shroud were the creation of a medieval artist, and prove that the Shroud must have been imprinted during the Crucifixion. His refutation of the possibility that the Shroud was painted in the Middle Ages is engagingly presented and argued: the STURP scientists' examination of the Shroud's fibers found no trace of medieval paint pigments, and no attempts to replicate the Shroud using techniques available to medieval artists have succeeded so far. Antonacci also makes a strong case against the results of the 1988 carbon-dating, which assigned the Shroud's origin to the 14th century. Although the section is confusingly organized, he convincingly argues that the procedure violated existing protocols for carbon-dating, using a poorly chosen sample that compromised the results because it had sustained fire and water damage in 1532. He also provides some evidence that the carbon-dating methods available in the 1980s offered limited accuracy at best, especially when applied to textiles. There is a big difference, however, between calling for more research to explain the Shroud's anomalous features, and proving that those features resulted from miraculous forces. Antonacci attempts to fill this gap with hypotheses that he treats as facts, and with violent leaps of logic. The discussion of archaeological and historical evidence intended to establish the Shroud's compatibility with first-century practices and biblical accounts is riddled with inaccuracies, decontextualized information, circular reasoning, and unfounded assumptions.Antonacci's research will reinforce the faith of those who already believe in the Shroud, but is unlikely to win any converts among empirical-minded skeptics. -- Copyright © 2000 Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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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.
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.
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.
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!