Scientists, religious scholars to present Shroud of Turin findings
Is image a hoax or visible projection of Christ’s resurrection?
By Jeremy Reynalds — ANS

DALLAS, Texas — The Dallas International Shroud of Turin Conference, a scientific gathering for presenting research papers on what is thought to be the 2,000-year old burial cloth of the historic Jesus, will meet Sept. 8 to 11 in Dallas.

The gathering of scientists and scholars is expected to shed new light on the age-old question of whether the image on the Shroud is a visible projection of Christ’s resurrection, as some believers claim, or a clever medieval fake.

The Dallas International Shroud of Turin Conference, which is held every few years and features about 30 presenters in many academic fields, is sponsored by three internationally known Shroud organizations.

They include the 400-year-old CENTRO shroud organization headquartered in Turin, Italy; the 50-year old Holy Shroud Guild, based in Esopus, N.Y.; and the American Shroud of Turin Association for Research, a scientific organization located in Dallas.

“The Turin Catholic Church authorities, who are the papal custodians of the shroud, will for the first time attend and participate in an international conference outside of Turin,” Michael Minor, AMSTAR vice-president and Dallas conference coordinator, said in a news release.

“The Dallas conference is the first international Shroud conference which is open to the general public,” AMSTAR president Tom D’Muhala said.

According to a news release from AMSTAR, Monsignor Gieuseppe Ghiberti, adviser and spokesperson for Shroud matters to His Eminence Severino Cardinal Poletto, papal custodian of the Holy Shroud at Turin, will head the delegation of Turin officials who will participate in the conference.

Another speaker is U.S. presenter Dame Isabel Piczek, particle physicist and monumental artist, who will present a major paper detailing new discoveries found on the shroud.

“It’s important to note that papers will not only be presented in the hard sciences of chemistry, physics and medicine, but also in other fields including art history, theology, Biblical history, archaeology, Byzantine history, and textile history,” D’Muhala said in a news release. “It will be a broad scientific and historical look at the shroud, appealing to both the scientific community and the general public.”

In recent years, the AMSTAR news release stated, the Shroud of Turin has aroused the interest of the scientific community, and some of the world’s premiere scientists have studied how the full-body image was formed on the shroud.

Christendom’s most important historical artifact has also become the most extensively studied object on the planet by space-age scientists. Many Christians believe the image is that of Christ and was formed at the very moment Christ was resurrected, and may be a “photograph of the resurrection.”

AMSTAR said that earlier this year peer-reviewed research by the late Raymond N. Rogers, a retired chemist from Los Alamos National Laboratory, strongly indicates the 1988 carbon 14 test on a sample taken from the Turin Shroud, claiming the shroud dated from approximately 1350 AD, was in error because the tested sample was actually taken from a patched and rewoven area.

Peer review is the process of evaluating the academic work of an individual working in the same discipline as the reviewer.

The significance of Rogers’ research is that it indicated the shroud could actually date from the time of Jesus. Rogers’ paper will also be read at the conference.

For more information about the conference, call (972) 932-5141 or e-mail For more information about the Shroud of Turin, visit

Published, August 2005

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