Originally posted by RJHinds
NEW EVIDENCE CONCERNING THE CARBON DATING OF THE SHROUD OF TURIN
The problem with this 'new' evidence is the second sample. There was one sample taken and if that dating is flawed, they need more samples and that is not going to be forthcoming. Taking from the corner like that reveals at least two different threads which was probably a repair and such but they couldn't have known that at the time so more samples are needed by the scientific community and it sounds like the Vatican will not let that happen.
One thing they could do is to separate the cotton from the linen in the original sample.
Then when they get enough linen samples they could retest. That would be a test that would not be contaminated by the bug killer they used when they saw parasites in the shroud box.
But even if the new dating shows it to be from 1 century AD, that data by itself does not prove it was Jesus.
It would be nice if they could recover DNA from the sites they say are blood or serum.
That would be another data path to proof.
However, even if all that was said and done, and the answer was yes, it was Jesus, crucified on the cross and put in the shroud, that alone does not prove he was resurrected 3 days later.
As the story goes, the Romans were surprised Jesus was cut down early and so that opens up the tale for the book "Jesus lived in India" which postulates Jesus did not die on the cross but survived.
One line of evidence in that direction is in the bible itself, the fact he was annointed with aloe and other healing herbs.
If he was truly dead they would not have bothered with healing ointments.
So it could very well be the 'resurrection' was just him surviving the crucifixion BECAUSE he was cut down early, a step probably a bribe to whoever was watching. A few shekels pass hands and the guard looks the other way while they get him off the cross, still alive.
Scientifically that is a LOT more believable to anyone not entranced by fairy tales.
So in that scene, he survives and three days later is able to stand up on his own and realizing he would have a much better chance at surviving was to just skip town.
That instead of the magical taking into heaven scene in the fairy tale version.
That make MUCH MUCH more sense to me than the fairy tale of the bible.
Another line of evidence in that scenario is the christian monasteries built up by some mysterious stranger on the silk road, built by persons unknown to this day but they are real nonetheless.
There is a gravesite in Kashmir that shows a burial of a person with marks on ankles, an indication someone was buried there with holes in his ankles and that was not very probably to have happened in Kashmir and could be taken as evidence of the real burial place of Jesus. Kashmir is one city on that same silk road.
The problem there is Kashmir is a battleground and no scientist will be allowed in there for fear of their lives until the wars are over and that does not seem to be any time soon.
Another potential problem with that is the grave, which has photo's from an early expedition, is very wet and muddy. Even if they were to properly exhume the body there may be not enough left to identify, for instance bones in the hands and feet showing puncture wounds.
So all that is just speculation for now but at some point in the future, those bones will be examined and the story told once again.