The Blood And The Shroud Hardcover – 13 Apr 1998
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On the list of curiosities that eternally fascinate cranks and crazies, the Shroud of Turin ranks right up there with the Loch Ness monster and the Abominable Snowman. Wilson's well-written and intelligent book gives a balanced view of evidence for and against the shroud's authenticity (including new finds such as the presence of human blood and DNA on the shroud), and along the way, provides a fascinating discussion of subjects ranging from capital punishment in 1st-century Palestine to the chemistry of radiocarbon dating. For Wilson, the shroud's ultimate significance resides in the very fact of Christians' fascination with it. The shroud represents the possibility that the Resurrection actually happened; if there's any chance the shroud is authentic, and if that chance excites you, then historical facts are a crucial aspect of your faith. Given that, the Shroud of Turin becomes much more than a curiosity for cranks and crazies. It's a valuable incitement to introspection for all believers. --Michael Joseph Gross
"Perhaps the best known and most open minded of the Shroud apologists." -- Time --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
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Unlike many self-styled "skeptics" of today, who boast of their "skepticism" on the internet, Wilson is a true skeptic. He is skeptical of everyone, even himself. Today's "skeptic" is usually locked into a rigid, dogmatic point of view, which acts as a fact-filter - facts which don't fit are ignored. Wilson returns to the true old-world skepticism.
The weakness of most books on the subject is the tendency to pick and choose facts, to ignore those pieces which don't fit the authors' wishes. This kind of dishonesty seems to be absent here. Wilson lays out the evidence for us to decide, giving his own reasons for not being able to "see" the shroud as a forgery.
In the end, he does not have enough faith to believe that it is the product of some unknown genius endowed with knowledge and technology centuries ahead of his time, driven to produce a work that could not be appreciated until the invention of photography, a work that cannot even be duplicated today, despite claims to the contrary. A "cunning painting"? Try it yourself, reproducing all the characteristics of the Shroud, most notably the absence of any traces of paint application. Scorching? Good luck.
Consider yourself a skeptic? Read this book. Read other books. Look at Barry Schworz's site, which provides papers for and against. Don't take the easy road. Think for yourself (Barry, of the Jewish faith, considers the Shroud to be genuine, I think). The path of a true skeptic is not an easy one.
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The theories of the Shroud being a masterful painting byDaVinci (ignoring the cruel fact that DaVinci was just a few years old when the Shroud first came to Italy--I don't think he... Read morePublished on 1 Sept. 1999
Sorry, I've already put in a review, but I just noticed the vehemence, open hostility, and general sputtering in the Kirkus Review review. Read morePublished on 25 May 1999
It's not encouraging that people can just write anything they want to make their "wishful thinking" a reality in the minds of the masses, but that is exactly what you... Read morePublished on 3 May 1999
Ian Wilson's new "evidence" insults the intelligence of average readers, for clearly this book was written with a less than average intelligence. Read morePublished on 1 April 1999
What is abundantly clear is that if Jesus Christ himself appeared and made it known once and for all that the Shroud of Turin was not his death shroud, Wilson would begin work the... Read morePublished on 6 Feb. 1999
I recently read Ian Wilson's second shroud book, which came out shortly before the carbon dating was performed. Read morePublished on 10 Jan. 1999
Mr. Wilson has reached for Mt. Everest and touched the moon with this new text. Wilson tracks the Shroud of Turin in a neutral but exciting scientific adventure for believers and... Read morePublished on 10 Dec. 1998
Ian Wilson tries to be objective as possible about the Shroud data, but his bias in favor of the Shroud being genuine is apparent, even though much of the physical evidence... Read morePublished on 10 Nov. 1998
Ian Wilson has written a well researched, detailed, summary of the scientific evidence which has resulted from study of the Shroud, and provides a facinating historical trail... Read morePublished on 22 Aug. 1998