Is the Shroud of Turin the authentic burial cloth of Jesus?

Langley, B.C.—It’s a question of authenticity. Since 1353 clergy and academics alike have speculated about the origin and identity of the silhouetted man on the Shroud of Turin. Although much of the evidence points to the possibility that it is Jesus, the tests are not conclusive. On March 16th, the public is invited to investigate the evidence supporting the conclusion that it is the image of Jesus which appears immortalized on the Shroud. Phillip Wiebe, PhD, will present the free public lecture, “The Shroud of Turin: Authenticity and Significance for Theology” at Trinity Western University.

“The Shroud has a mysterious image of a crucified man on it,” says Wiebe, professor and chair of philosophy for 25 years at TWU. “But clergy are divided on the authenticity of it as the burial shroud of Christ and the academic world is too with over 24 disciplines involved its study.”

The cloth, which measures 14 feet long and four feet wide, was first exhibited in Europe over 750 years ago. “Based on botanical material found on the cloth, scholars can trace it back to Israel,” says Wiebe. “But forensic pathologists who’ve examined it have also found traces of human blood. They’ve identified the image as that of a young man—about 30 years of age—who’s been crucified, scourged, stabbed through the heart and had some implement of torture applied to his head.”

As the potential burial shroud of Jesus, the cloth is a pivotal theological and historical find. “If the man on the Shroud can be identified as Jesus, it tells us more about him, how he looked and died and, perhaps most importantly, it corroborates the New Testament accounts of how he died,” says Wiebe.

As part of the lecture, Wiebe will display a life-size photograph of the man on the Shroud. Wiebe’s expertise on the Shroud will soon be available in his upcoming book God and Other Spirits: Imitations of Transcendence in Christian Experience.

Event: The Shroud of Turin: Authenticity and significance for Theology
Speaker: Phillip Wiebe, PhD
Date: Tuesday, March 16, 2004
Time: 7:30pm to 9:30pm
Location: Block Hall, Neufeld Science Centre at Trinity Western University
7600 Glover Rd, Langley, BC
Cost: No charge
Contact: For more information contact Phillip Wiebe, (604) 888-7511 or pweibe@twu.ca

Trinity Western University, located in Langley, B.C., is a not-for-profit Christian liberal arts university enrolling over 3,500 students this year. With a broad based, liberal arts and sciences curriculum, the University offers undergraduate degrees in 38 major areas of study ranging from business, education and computer science to biology and nursing, and 13 other graduate degrees including counselling psychology, theology and administrative leadership.

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