Shroud of Turin's Interest at Easter an Opportunity for Believers

Monday, 21 Apr 2014 07:30 AM

By Nick Sanchez

  Comment  |
   Contact  |
  Print   |
    A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
Interest in the Shroud of Turn, often said to be the cloth in which the resurrected Jesus Christ was wrapped, sees a surge of interest each Easter, and Wayne Phillips of the Shroud Science Group plans to capitalize on that interest in a big way.

"I believe it is real," he told The Tampa Tribune.

As an allergist, Phillips is a man of science, and natural skeptic. He became interested in the linen shroud, however, because each new scientific test on the performed on it has kept the question of its authenticity alive, and has balanced his faith with reason.

Editor’s Note: Do You Approve of Pope Francis? Vote Now in Urgent Poll

"I've never found anything in my life that connects my beliefs to science, until the Shroud of Turin," he said.

Phillips, 67, has recently seen his hobby turn into much more after he was invited to join the Shroud Science Group, a small but selective cross-disciplinary organization of doctors, scientists, and historians who hold conferences on the shroud every year.

In 2012, Phillips attended the Vatican Apostolorum College for a full year, earning his diploma in the Specialization of Shroud Studies. Soon after he was inspired to make his own presentation that could be shown to mass audiences that was both entertaining and educational.

After getting a blessing from Catholic Diocese of St. Petersburg to speak at local parishes, Phillips recorded his standard presentation that he gave at the local Jesuit high school and posted it to YouTube, garnering thousands of views. He also did a five-part series presentation on the "Women of Grace" show on Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN).

Now he says he'd like to build a "Shroud Army" of religious teachers who can provide un-biased facts about the shroud, and guide discussion about its significance in the faith community, scientific community, and historical community.

He says the best people to teach to are those learning the basics about Christianity, like children and teens. He thinks the scientific evidence will help strengthen their faith, making them better evangelists overall.

"Understanding the shroud is one way of proving that our faith is for real," he said.

The Shroud of Turin is held in the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist in Turin, Italy. It is only shown rarely, and attracted 2.5 million visitors at its last showing in 2010. It was not scheduled to be shown again until 2025, however Pope Francis surprised the world by moving its next showing date to April of next year.

Carbon dating originally suggested the shroud was only 700 years old and thus couldn't be authentic, however a 2005 paper claimed that the sample taken for the tests was from a part of the shroud that had been rewoven, and called for a different sample to be tested.

Editor's Note: Bible Reveals Cures for Arthritis, Migraines, Allergies, and More

Related Stories:

© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

  Comment  |
   Contact  |
  Print   |
  Copy Shortlink
[Error loading the WebPart '']
Value cannot be null. Parameter name: virtualPath
Send me more news as it happens.
Get me on The Wire
Send me more news as it happens.
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
You May Also Like

Spain's El Gordo Lottery Splits $3B Between Thousands of Winners

Monday, 22 Dec 2014 18:40 PM

Spain's El Gordo lottery, the world's biggest lottery, made thousands of people nearly $500,000 richer after the $3 bill . . .

'The Interview' Distributed Eventually, But Lawyer Not Sure How

Monday, 22 Dec 2014 17:59 PM

"The Interview" will be distributed and Sony Pictures "had no choice" but to delay the movie's release, an attorney for  . . .

Missing Philadelphia Student's Keys Found in Schuylkill River

Monday, 22 Dec 2014 17:42 PM

The car keys belonging to a missing Philadelphia student were found in the Schuylkill River on Sunday, a family member t . . .

Top Stories

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved