Shroud of Turin

Shroud of TurinThere has been plenty of debate over many years regarding the Shroud of Turin.

Is it really the burial cloth of Jesus or an ancient painting depicting what happened to him?

Opinions are divided but many theologians and other experts believe that the shroud has great significnace for people of faith. Testing seems inconclusive on many levels but the possibility that this piece of cloth played a part in the most significant event in human history.

The Shroud was recently placed back on public display for only the 18th time in its history, in Turin, Italy. On Sunday the pope visited the shroud and said, “This is a burial cloth that wrapped the remains of a crucified man in full correspondence with what the Gospels tell us of Jesus.” It’s not only Catholics who beleive the shroud to be authentic. A number of evangelical Christians have stated why they believe the shroud to be an important part of the Christian story.

My regular Wednesday morning guest on 98.5 Sonshine FM is Rev Dr Ross Clifford who is the Principal of Morling College in New South Wales and Vice President elect of the Baptist World Alliance. Each week we chat about a range of issues relating to spirituality and belief.

Last Wednesday we talked about the Shroud of Turin and discussed the evidence for and against it being what many claim. We also asked the question of whether we really have a need for such items to strengthen our faith.

You can hear what Ross had to say by clicking the play button on the audio player at the bottom of this post.


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Rodney Olsen

Rodney is a husband, father, cyclist, blogger and podcaster from Perth Western Australia.

He previously worked in radio for about 25 years but these days he spends his time at Compassion Australia, working towards releasing children from poverty in Jesus' name.

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  • The original carbon testing showed it to be more recent than from the time of Christ but there has been doubt cast over the testing.

    I don’t think it really matters one way or another but it’s quite interesting.

  • As I read in a magazine recently it´s not a fake. As I understood they could not pin it to a certain person, but could see what has been done to the person (uhhh, cruel)

  • It is reported that the image is a negative as if produced photographically by intense radiation or bright light.

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