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The Divine Deception: The Church, the Shroud and the Creation of a Holy Fraud [Hardcover]

Keith Laidler

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30 Mar 2000
This story describes how carbon-dating revealed the Turin Shroud to have been created in the Middle Ages. It raised more questions than it answered.

Product details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Headline Book Publishing; 1st Edition edition (30 Mar 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0747274843
  • ISBN-13: 978-0747274841
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 15.7 x 3.3 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,558,929 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Keith Laidler earned his PhD raising a baby Orang-utan as a human infant, and trying to teach it to talk. He followed this with a 3-year stint as writer-producer for Anglia TV's renowned 'Survival' series, when he visited various exotic locations including the Caribbean and the mountains of Oman. Since that time, Keith has earned his living as a freelance writer and film producer, producing award-winning documentaries and penning books on Pandas, Giant Otters, the Turin Shroud, our present-day Surveillance Society, a Chinese Empress and a psychopathic Madagascan Queen. During the course of these adventures he has spent time with the SAS, visited forbidden vaults in Tibet, been lost in the rainforest for three days, mugged, attacked by killer bees, arrested by secret police, and threatened with execution by a drunken soldier during a Ghanaian coup.
Keith is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and a past member of the Scientific Exploration Society.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Astonishing! 8 July 2006
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I'm still only 2/3rds through this book, but feel the need to post a review here nonetheless, having just listed it on my blog site as a recommended read.

I'm hardly a scholar of the Bible, but I'm very interested in medieval history, and the early days of the Christian church from a historical perspective, and the author has researched and revealed some stunning facts about that period. He has an extraordinary theory concerning Jesus and the Shroud, and it seems well-reasoned and believable. If nothing else, reading this book will spin you off into further studies of, and inquiries into, for example, the Knights Templar, Egyptology, medieval science, Arabianism, Judaic studies, and more.

I heartily recommend it, and most especially to anyone intrigued by "The DaVinci Code".
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