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Father Joe on Reason

Father Joe, who teaches biology, explained to me that soup was a metaphor for how he approached faith. “Your mind is like a big pot. Throw in evolution, cosmology, everything that science might yet discover, history, theology, scripture, and everything the church teaches. Mix it, cook it, and let it simmer. If it tastes right, … Continue reading

The Shroud is Irrelevent?

I agree with Lenny, who also teaches science, that the shroud is probably real. I agree, too, that it is irrelevant, at least in the sense that he means. It doesn’t matter to me if the shroud is real or not. I don’t see it as an essential ingredient in my soup. However, in another … Continue reading

Shroudoids and Skeptoids

I had to ask. “Lenny, why do you think the Shroud is real?” “If you just look at the facts the way most people do, you can conclude anything you want. It is human nature to be selective with facts, to pick and choose the ones that fit our preconceived ideas. We are all victims … Continue reading

Colossus of Rhodes

“I’m interested in how religion and anti-religion cloud truth. Take, for example, the Colossus of Rhodes. Thanks to Shakespeare, it is a popular belief that the giant statue straddled the entrance to the harbor, one foot on each shore. Historians know better. So do engineers. It was probably more like the Statue of Liberty. But … Continue reading

Lenny’s Opinions

· It is perceived as being part of an argument for the existence of God and as an effort to prove the Resurrection. · The claim by proponents that the images cannot be recreated is fallacious. It is fair to say that no one has yet figured out how. But to imply that the images … Continue reading

Richard Dawkins on the Shroud

In September of 2009, Richard Dawkins, in his new book, The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution, seemed to trip over many of these points, directly or by implication: [Carbon dating] has revolutionized archaeological dating. The most celebrated example is the Shroud of Turin. Since this notorious piece of cloth seems mysteriously to … Continue reading

Absence of Evidence is not Evidence of Absence

The maxim itself is an example of itself. If you go to the archives of newspapers you might think the maxim “turns up in the historical record in” 2002. But if you do a bit of research you see that Carl Sagan, who most often gets the credit for the maxim in scientific circles, used … Continue reading

Dawkins Should Know Better

Historians know better and an evolutionary biologist of Dawkins stature should know better; for the absence of evidence argument is a favorite ploy by the don’t-believe-in-evolution crowd who unceasingly point to the absence of fossil records as evidence of God’s hand in creation. Historians are more careful, acknowledging that there may be missing data, gaps … Continue reading

The Flat Earth Society

“We have shown the shroud to be a fake,” Teddy Hall, the director of Oxford’s Research Laboratory for Archaeology and the History of Art said following carbon dating of the Shroud of Turin in 1988. “Anyone who disagrees with us ought to belong to the Flat Earth Society.” That should have been the end of … Continue reading

Historians and the Lack of Evidence

Even so, historians can consider the lack of evidence as meaningful, but only with judicious analysis. For instance, if documents from before 1350, that could be expected to mention the shroud if it existed, do not do so, that is important. But an absence of such documents does not mean the same thing. And if … Continue reading