The Shroud of Turin
When I was teaching world history at a Christian school for homeschoolers, each spring I used a particular video about the Shroud of Turin for discussion of archaeological and historical relics. The Shroud of Turin is great for discussion in many other aspects as well. It offers–
- Interesting rabbit trails down paths related to the Reformation (Martin Luther enjoyed debunking many relics of the Church of that era (we also watched the movie Luther),
- Opportunity to look at the scientific challenges for authenticating ancient objects and some of the newest technologies available to today’s historians
- A chance to encourage theological debate concerning the possible repercussions if the Shroud could be somehow proven to be authentic beyond any doubt. Would it cause atheists to believe? How would it affect your faith?
- The Shroud also offered me a chance to delve into the centrality of the crucifixion and resurrection in building an apologetic for our Christian faith. We discussed what are the most substantial evidences for the truth of Christianity.