Monday, October 6, 2008

The BBC stole an hour: The Shroud of Turin

So I am apparently retarded. I watched something called the Shroud of Turin which was get this, about the Shroud of Turin and completely bogus nonsense.

The argument went like this,

The Shroud of Turin carbon dates to the 1320s. The Shroud of Turin was first seen around the 1360s. However, there were other fake shrouds which purported to be the burial cloths of Christ which dated back to the 11th century. So the Shroud of Turin dates back to the 11th century. There's also some hood thing which dates back to the 5th century so clearly the Shroud dates back to the fifth century (because both of them have blood) that look nothing alike in pattern (it seriously overlays them and they look nothing alike). And therefore the Shroud of Turin is 5th century. However, we also know that the Gospels say Jesus was crucified and we have this cloth and so this cloth clearly dates back to the first century.

There! Amazing! Now why is it that this cloth only carbon dates to the 14th century when it first appeared and the local church leader actually tracked down the forger and thought people were really stupid for wanting to worship another idol? When the clear and obvious historical evidence suggests through thinly-veiled innuendo that this is totally the burial cloth of Christ. The carbon 14 dating must be wrong! Perhaps some carbon-14 mixed into the linen via carbon monoxide. *tests* -- Nope that doesn't work at all. Still, it's a mystery!

I am utterly astounded at how many hoaxes people buy into lock stock and barrel (I'm sure there's a holy barrel of fatima or something) simply on the grounds of religion. Certainly there couldn't have been multiple hoaxes throughout history and all share the same general theme which was a part of the artwork themes as well. How could you ever create such an forgery anyhow!

In the end, I lost an hour of my time watching that crap and asking myself WTF at different points. It even goes on to claim that on any other endeavor such great evidence as this would totally be examined, and went back over the list of things which were so exceedingly weak that I didn't think they even had the balls to count as supposed evidence. I'm pissed. I lost an hour of my time with that crap.


RedFerret said...

Yeah, unfotuantely the BBC seems to be quite keen on its religious and faith broadcasting, both on TV and the radio. And as a Licence payer I am contributing to it. Damn.


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