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by John Charlton

In 1998, Pope John Paul II paused for a moment of silence, during the public display of the Shroud of Turin.
In 1998, Pope John Paul II paused for a moment of silence, during the public display of the Shroud of Turin.

(Dec. 17, 2009)  — Continuing their long tradition of bating Christians, National Geographic News has published an article attacking the authenticity of the most important archeological artifact establishing the authenticity of the narrative in the Gospels regarding Christ’s Passion, Death, and Resurrection.

The Shourd of Turin relic has been venerated and guarded religiously by Christians for 200o years.  Many Christians believe that the image of the Crucified found upon it, was miraculously created by Jesus Christ in the very moment of His Resurrection and triumph over death.

National Geographic Magazine has long taken an anti-christian stance on issues, having previously attempted, without justification, to link the anti-usury riots of medieval Europe to the Crusaders, to implicate them in anti-semitic pogroms.

Now the National Geographic Magazine has launched an attack at the most important archeological evidence of the Christian religion:  the Shroud of Turin.

The bias of the National Geographic article is shown by the fact that they speak of the tomb of an anonymous, upper class Jew, of the first century A.D., as the “Tomb of the Shroud,” even though in the English language “the Shroud” has for centuries been reserved to signify that cloth which covered Jesus Christ after His Death and Crucifixion.

Secondly, and more importantly, there is no evidence presented in the article to substantiate the speculation and theories of the National Geographic writer.  That cloth unlike that used to shroud the body of Christ Jesus was used in the tomb of an upper class Jew of the same epoch, is evidence of the kind which is curious, but utterly insufficient to support the conclusion that the cloth of the Holy Shroud is inauthentic.

Mati Milstein is evidently quite upset by recent reports of Christ’s death certificate being found marked upon the Shroud of Turin by renowned Vatican scholar, Dr. Barbara Frale; the story of which discovery covered by the Post & Email last month.

Milstein repeats the canard that carbon-14 tests dated the Shroud of Turin as a medieval work, omitting mention that several studies since the infamous 1990’s tests have conclusively proven that the tests themselves were flawed and conducted by scientists who colluded to falsify data, in much the same way that climatologists falsified data to justify global warming. (For more information on these issues see: http://www.shroud.com/infolink.htm )

But Milstein, who won’t even cite previous studies, claims otherwise:

The new found shroud was something of a patchwork of simply woven linen and wool textiles, the study found. The Shroud of Turin, by contrast, is made of a single textile woven in a complex twill pattern, a type of cloth not known to have been available in the region until medieval times, Gibson said.

The truth of the matter is that the twill of the weave of the Holy Shroud was used only in the first century, and that by the High Priests of the Temple in Jerusalem.

The fact that a Jewish journalist should quote Jewish scholars to attack the authenticity of a Christian artifact during the novena in preparation of Christmas is clearly an act of religious hatred and bigotry, which should be denounced as such. This attack follows the repeated pattern of similar attacks against the Christian faith by secular media outlets during Christmas and Easter seasons of recent years.

On April 12, 1997, the Shroud of Turin was nearly destroyed by a conflagration, which began just as an international conference of Masons convened in Turin. It was only saved from destruction when an Italian fireman risked his own life, dashing through the flames in order to reach the case where it was kept, in order to break  open the bullet proof glass with his axe, and pull the Shroud forth with his own hands.  Mario Trematore’s success merited him the acclaim of the Christian world.  Miraculously he suffered only minor cuts a bruises.

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