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Posted May 31, 2012
A disappointing read
"The Sign" is really two books in one. The first is the presentation of Mr. De Wesselow's empirical case for the authenticity of the Shroud of Turin. In this regard, the book is engrossing, very convincing and highly compelling. Unfortunately, Mr. De Wesselow did not stop there. The other part of this work is his re-invention of the Resurrection itself. In his view, the Shroud is not only authentic, but is now the mistaken embodiment of Christ himself. This second part of the book, which was totally unecessary to the first, is entirely speculative, unsupported by any substantive facts and very often misinformed. I should have stopped reading half-way through "The Sign" and Mr. De Wesselow should stick to art history.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 8, 2012
Better than Average Sleuthing, Well Written
Having already read far too many religious-relic, "truth revealed" books, I approached this one with caution. In the end though, I was pleasantly surprised. This one is well written, comprehensive, logical, and thought provoking.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Does it prove without doubt that the shroud is authentic? Not really. I'm not sure this will ever be possible. But what it does do is a good job of discrediting the debunkers, as well as making an equally credible albeit largely circumstantial case for that there are too many coincidences for the shroud to be fake.
Perhaps what I enjoyed the most though was de Wesselow's non-judgmentally scientific professional attitude. Indeed, this book is worth reading even if all you're interested in is an overview of the kind of infighting, bad science, and biased claims these investigations provoke.
Posted May 7, 2012
For anyone with an interest in Biblical history, this is a must read.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
How did this event, occurring during the span of only a single weekend, change the world? The Roman Catholic Church bases its foundation, its cornerstone, upon the Resurrection. The Shroud of Turin is the historical, empirical evidence of its occurrance. "The Sign" explores the history, theories, and mysteries of Christianity at its infancy.
Posted April 23, 2012
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