terça-feira, 6 de outubro de 2009

Cientista italiano reproduz o Santo Sudário e o classifica como farsa

Da Reuters, em Roma

Um cientista italiano afirma ter reproduzido o Santo Sudário, um feito que, segundo ele, prova definitivamente que o linho reverenciado por alguns cristãos como a roupa de enterro de Jesus Cristo é uma farsa medieval. A coberta carrega a imagem, estranhamente invertida como um negativo fotográfico, de um homem crucificado que alguns acreditam ser Cristo.
A imagem do Santo Sudário, classificado como farsa por cientista italiano Luigi Garlaschelli, que reproduziu o tecido de linho. "Mostramos que é possível reproduzir algo que tem as mesmas características do Sudário", disse na segunda-feira (5) Luigi Garlaschelli, que deve ilustrar os resultados em conferência neste fim de semana no norte da Itália.
Professor de química orgânica da Universidade de Pavia, Garlaschelli mostrou o papel que ele entregará e as fotografias que acompanham a comparação.
O Santo Sudário mostra a frente e as costas de um homem barbudo com um cabelo comprido, com braços cruzados no peito, enquanto a roupa inteira é marcada pelo que parecem ser filetes de sangue de ferimentos nos pulsos, pés e lados.
Testes de data por carbono feitos por laboratórios em Oxford, Zurique e Tucson (Arizona) em 1998 causaram sensação por datarem o sudário entre 1260 e 1390. Os céticos disseram que era um trote, possivelmente para atrair o rentável negócio da peregrinação medieval.
Mas cientistas não sabem explicar ainda como a imagem foi deixada na roupa.

A new taint on the Shroud of Turin?

Philip Pullella

Italian scientist Luigi Garlaschelli tells me he has been getting lots of hate mail as well as emails of support since our Oct 5 story that he had reproduced the Shroud of Turin with material available in the Middle Ages, a feat that he says proves definitively that the linen some Christians revere as Jesus Christ’s burial cloth is a medieval fake.
Given the controversy that has surrounded the Shroud, particularly since the 1988 carbon dating tests, this was hardly a surprise. One of Christianity’s most disputed relics, it is locked away at Turin Cathedral in Italy and rarely exhibited. It was last on display in 2000 and is due to be shown again next year. The Catholic Church does not claim the Shroud is authentic nor that it is a matter of faith, but says it should be a powerful reminder of Christ’s passion.
Until now, scientists have been at a loss to explain how the eery image like a photographic negative of a crucified man was left on the cloth. Garlaschelli, a professor of organic chemistry at the University of Pavia, will present his findings at a conference in northern Italy this weekend.

No one expects this to be the last we hear of the Shroud. As Garlaschelli told me in our telephone interview, those who fervently believe the Shroud is real will continue to do so. Our main news website, www.reuters.com, gave a rough gauge of international interest in the Shroud in its “Most Popular” rankings. Over 24 hours after we ran the news, it was still the third most popular story out there, ahead of a host of important economic stories and the latest twists in the David Letterman sex scandal. That says something about how the Shroud still arouses passions — whether it is 2,000 years old or only 700.
What is your feeling on the Shroud and the controversy that has surrounded it. Does it make a difference to one’s faith if it is real or not?

2 comentários:

Dan disse...

The Italian group think that they may have been able to recreate the Shroud of Turin. Maybe they have? But, I'd love for them to try and recreate the coffee stained image of the Virgin Mary I personally have. A few photos of the image can be found here on Flickr. http://www.flickr.com/photos/7690119@N03/sets/72157617453203072/detail/

Cesar Carvalho (Kzar) disse...

Hi, Dan! Thanks for your comment!
You are welcome!