Shroud of Turin – Historical Witness

This post is part of a multi-part series investigating the evidence and arguments surrounding the Shroud of Turin. See the first post, Shoud of Turin, Could it Be Real?,  for an index.

There is substantial agreement among researchers on the historical record of the Shroud of Turin from 1349 to present day, with some claiming a later date of 1390. I encourage you to visit Shroud History, hosted by the Shroud of Turin Education and Research Association (STERA, Inc), for highlights of the undisputed history of the Shroud. In this post, we will focus on the earlier, more controversial evidence, prior to 1349. Continue reading

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Shroud of Turin, Could it be Real?

For good reason, many of us look at relics and historic religious artifacts with great skepticism. The Shroud of Turin, which many Christians assert to be the burial cloth of Jesus, should be viewed with the same critical eye…and it has been. Arguments against the relic contend it surfaced in the mid 13th century or later, possibly created by some artist, perhaps Leonardo De Vinci; radiocarbon dating performed in 1988 concluded the Shroud was not old enough to be relevant in the discussion of Jesus of Nazareth; and the color of the blood stains is too bright for an artifact that is 2000 years old. Continue reading

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Sound Advice on Science and Biblical Interpretation

What do we do when the findings of science disagree with common biblical interpretations? For many Christians, the preferred response is to say that the Bible is right and science is wrong – the Bible, after all, is the inspired word of God and is clearly more important to the Christian. If science differs from the Bible, science must be wrong. This got Galileo in trouble for a few years…finally exonerated in 2009. Continue reading

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Emotional Versus Intellectual Doubt – Which one drives and which one follows?

My work requires me to fly a lot. I spent 12 years flying in the Air Force, never crashed, but that doesn’t stop me from thinking about planes that go down. Intellectually, I know the likelihood of a plane going down – it’s slim – but emotionally it goes through my head nearly every time I get seated in the plane. Continue reading

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In the beginning – Our best way to begin a blog about God

Let’s open the new Reasonable Faith Houston blog with some basics. Let’s stay simple at first, then dig into more complex topics…let’s start with the basics of string theory. 🙂 Continue reading

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