Questions About
The Shroud Of Turin
Tom Jones

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From: "Positive Atheism" <editor@positiveatheism.org>
To: "tom jones"
Subject: Re: shroud of turin
Date: Monday, November 20, 2000 1:41 PM

I don't pay attention to the Shroud because it's like so many of the "baby Jesus foreskins" that were floating around during the era when (obviously) this thing was manufactured. Dating it back to C.E. 33 (if they could, which I doubt) would still prove nothing, anyway; who is to say it belonged to Jesus? Even if it belonged to Jesus, who's to say who he was or what he did? It would prove nothing at all no matter how thoroughly they authenticate it.

Meanwhile, they'll always scramble to try to authenticate if not this thing then something else. Droplets of Mother Mary's milk, anyone? The beheaded body of John the Baptist? how about the head? Enough "authentic" wood from the cross to construct a good-sized building? All this and more was said to have been authenticated during the times before travel and communication allowed the various communities to compare notes -- and realize that there can be only one "baby Jesus foreskin"!

All the multiplicity of "authenticated" Jesus-foreskins shows is that people will lie in order to convince others that theirs is a religion which can endure scrutiny -- fully authenticated by their own internal authenticating committees, and to hell with what any outsiders might say!

Cliff Walker
"Positive Atheism" Magazine
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