Pope all but says Shroud's authentic

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Pope all but says Shroud's authentic
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Mon, 05-03-2010 - 2:14pm

What do you think?

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Mon, 05-03-2010 - 2:58pm

The blood is a bad place to start if you want to try to pass this shroud off as authentic.

If it is NOT blood, then the shroud is clearly a fake.

If it IS blood, as it has been claimed and typed (unconfirmed) as AB, then the shroud is also clearly a fake, since the blood type AB did not exist yet during Jesus' time, nor for many, many centuries afterward, and even today in the Middle East, AB blood types are the extreme minority.

However, it's an item in which a very large number of human beings have put their faith. That makes it *intensely* powerful. So it's probably something he has to tread carefully around.




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Thu, 05-06-2010 - 2:27pm
Well, IMO, when it comes to religious symbols, "artifacts," and so forth, authenticity and scientific evidence don't carry much weight, anyway. It's a symbol of faith, whether or not it's fake. It inspires people in their faith, like the giant crucifixes up above altars, statues, paintings, stained glass, rituals, etc. It takes people to their inner "spiritual space." The Pope is a symbol of a spiritual belief system, not a scientist, after all. Is he really deliberately misleading people by not mentioning the scientific findings? Do people really care if it's authentic? I dunno. I guess if their Pope leads them to believe it's authentic, that is good enough for some followers.



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