Shroud of Turin from the novel "Evolution & Religious Creation Myths" Evolution and Religious Creation Myths : How Scientists Respond
Author: Lurquin, Paul F.; Stone, Linda
This excerpt details facts about the carbon dating of the Shroud.
"One interesting twist regarding variable rates of radioactive decay has to do with the dating of the Shroud of Turin (Italy). This large piece of cloth is purported to have been used to wrap the body of Jesus Christ after his crucifixion. Not everybody necessarily agreed that the shroud was genuine, regardless of their faith. In a courageous move, the Catholic Church allowed three independent laboratories to use the carbon-14 dating technique on small samples of the shroud. This particular technique works well with samples of biological origin, such as cloth, if they are not older than about 60,000 years. All three labs agreed: the Turin shroud was made in the fourteenth century. In other words, it is a medieval forgery".
Dr. Paul Lurquin is Professor of Genetics at the School of Molecular Biosciences, Washington State University.
He is one of the pioneers of the science of plant genetic engineering and the author of The Green Phoenix: A History of Genetically Modified Plants (2001).
Dr. Lurquin has written multiple books on the science of plant genetics and molecular biosciences.
I could not find how much experience he has, but his books have been written over ten years ago, so he has at least over a decade of experience.
About carbon dating: It is a radiometric dating method that uses the naturally occurring radioisotope carbon-14 (14C) to determine the age of carbonaceous materials up to about 58,000 to 62,000 years. (Wikipedia, Carbon Dating)
Assessment: Dr. Lurquin has the proper education to make his claim against the carbon dating of the Shroud. He has the knowledge of genetics and can assure that the tests from the labs proves to be true. The carbon found on the Shroud is dated back to the 14th century.
Analyzed by: Madeleine Vaughn
Scientific Journal Thermochimica Acta (Volume 425 Issue 1-2, pages 189-194, by Raymond N. Rogers) The article is available on Elsevier BV's ScienceDirect® online information site.
In 2005, Raymond N. Rogers published his findings that the Carbon-14 dating that was completed on a sample of The Shroud of Turin in 1988 was not valid, and that the Shroud is actually much older then those samples indicated.
Education – Raymond N. Rogers received his Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry in 1948 from the
Accomplishments –. He received the Los Alamos National Laboratory Distinguished Performance Award in 1984. He received the Exceptional Civilian Service Medal in 1991 from the Department of the Air Force. His work on the Shroud was published in the scientific journal Thermochimica Acta.
Bias – I do not believe that
Analyzed by Jennifer Tavernier
The Grail, the Shroud, & other Religious Relics
Kenneth McIntosh, M.Div.
In the year 1898 the Shroud of Turin was discovered to be a negative image by a photographer named Secondo Pia. He took the first photographs of the shroud and found that when viewed as a negative image (with dark spots and light spots) the image on the Shroud becomes three dimensional. The science of photography was developed in the 1800's, therefore raising the question of how it could possess such properties if it is in fact from the times of Jesus.
The claim that the Shroud could not have originated from the time of Jesus is based on the originations of photography. The claim is featured in Kenneth Mcintosh's book The Grail, The Shroud, and other Religious Relics. The claim made is based on actual fact that photography was not developed until the 1800's. I searched for information on Kenneth McIntosh and any experience that would pertain to this topic but I could find none. I can only assume that this is a claim made by an observer with no actual experience in the field.