I went to page 1 of Google returns earlier for Shroud of Turin, as is my wont, and was surprised to see a news item from today listed. (???).
It states that Russ Breault of Shroud Encounter was a member of the 1981 (sic) STURP team. The claim is made by a church official.
To correct the record, I had to reactivate a Disqus ID I use for current affairs (“newsjunkie”).
No disrespect to Russ Breault, but is there anyone reading this who understands how the Google algorithm puts a somewhat plain fare, inconsequential news item onto its first page of Shroud listings? Me and my site are bobbing around right now between Pages 10 and 11!
Update: Tuesday: two new comments. the first addressed to me, and my reply posted just a minute ago.
It is under page 1 under the news section not the first website hit. That would be your site–I assume it is yours because of your interest–on my Google. You are right in your statement, however. This man, merely, attended the conference as a student. Looking at his site he is a paid lecturer and caters his presentations to his audience–academic or religious. I am not a Shroud expert, but I do know my religious history pretty well and will attend this presentation to make sure he doesn’t mislead his audience.
Thanks for the explanation re the (curious) manner in which Google “organizes” its first page of returns. It enters a link for News items that is clickable to bring up a string of mainly lightweight ephemera. What’s not clear is the the first item below News on that Page is the first entry in the hived-off list, so is given a prominence that is just temporary (one assumes, one hopes). Must do better, Google!
Yes, I do have a quite longstanding interest in the Shroud – from a scientific sceptic’s standpoint, having started a specialist site some two years ago, now with approx. 200 postings.
I’m 99.9% convinced that the image is not a painting, as per comment above, but a thermal imprint – essentially no different from holding an iron against a sheet, to leave a scorch mark, except that instead of an iron there was some kind of metal (?) effigy, possibly a life-sized crucifix of the crucified Jesus. The oft-trotted-out evidence that it is NOT a contact scorch (as distinct from weird and wonderful radiation emanating from a corpse) is exceedingly weak in my view.
How’s lovely Pennsylvania these days? I did a two year stint back in the early 70s at the University of Pennsylvania Hospital Medical School. The boss man’s house (Head of GI) in its cul-de-sac on the Main Line was more English than most top-of-the-range houses in England (being my home)! Missus and I had to be content with Devon Strafford Apartments, kept awake by late night student parties.
Postscript added Feb 17
Here’s a more recent item in the US press announcing the imminent arrival of the Russ Breault roadshow. It’s in total contrast to the above, commendably so.
There’s one point on which this blogger would take issue – the reference to “puncture wound” on the Shroud. I have now amassed several scores of flying hours on the Shroud image (Shroud Scope) and have yet to see anything that could unequivocally be described as a puncture wound in the body image. There are bloodstains, certainly, real or engineeered, but a patch of blood-like material doth not a puncture wound make.
Update: 25 Feb
You read it here first! Some two weeks later, that same MSM article is now the subject of a new posting Across The (Systematically-Slanted) Way introduced with the words: “journalism done well”.
This site recognizes good journalism when it sees it – even if a pro-authenticity bias, intended or otherwise, is evident. The important thing is acknowledgement of there being an alternative point of view.