Shroud-FrontChristendom College announces that it will host the highly acclaimed presentation The Mystery of the Shroud: a Multi-Media Encounter in the Chapel Crypt on April 17 at 7:00 pm.

The presenter will be Russ Breault, President of Shroud of Turin Education Project, Inc. based in Atlanta, Georgia. Using numerous images, graphics and visual aids the presentation promises to be a fast moving, big-screen experience.

Russ Breault is an international lecturer and researcher who has been featured on several national documentaries and has presented at many universities including Duke, West Point, Auburn University and others. Mr. Breault also hosts www.shroud2000.com.

The Shroud of Turin is a 14-foot long linen cloth in Turin, Italy that bears the faint image of a bearded crucified man whose wounds match those of Jesus as recorded in the Bible. The Shroud is also stained with human blood from what appear to be wounds of crucifixion. Millions of people today and over the centuries believe it is the actual burial shroud of Jesus.

Despite much scientific analysis, the Shroud remains a mystery. A team of 40 scientists in 1978 determined it was not the work of an artist. They found no significant trace of paint, pigment, dye or other artistic substances on the cloth. Other discoveries have defied explanation such as why the image shows up better in a photographic negative. The image also contains 3-D or distance information indicating that the cloth must have wrapped a human form at the time the image was created. The blood is human blood, AB positive with human DNA.

Skeptics have mounted numerous attempts to show how a medieval artist could have produced the image but all have been inadequate to fully explain how the mysterious image was formed. Adding to the controversy were the carbon dating tests performed in 1988 that indicated the cloth to be only about 700 years old. However, critics of these tests claim the sampling protocol was violated by using only one sample site instead at least three sites as originally agreed upon.

Critics of the dating tests also say that the area cut for dating was on the outside corner edge of the cloth where it may have been subject to repair during the Middle Ages. In 2005, it was confirmed by chemist Ray Rogers and published in a peer reviewed scientific journal, that indeed the area cut for carbon dating was significantly different and not representative of the entire cloth. The dating tests have now been determined irrelevant or questionable at best.

Adding strength to the Shroud’s authenticity, Scientists from Hebrew University confirmed the presence of pollen from plants that grow only in Israel. The mystery continues. National Geographic called it “One of the most perplexing enigmas of modern times.”

The presentation will cover all aspects of the history, science, art and theories of how the image may have been formed.

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