/ 19 April 2022

Shrouded in mystery

Image source: Flickr
Image source: Flickr

Teaming with the Easter theme, filmmaker David Rolfe is putting his money where his mouth is and has challenged the British Museum to back up its claim that the Shroud of Turin is a forgery. Some believe it’s the cloth that wrapped Christ’s body when he was said to have risen from the dead almost 2,000 years ago. Rolfe is releasing a new film that supports its authenticity – and he’s so convinced he’s launched a US$1 million challenge. “They said it was knocked up by a medieval conman, and I say: well, if he could do it, you must be able to do it as well.” If the British Museum can replicate the result, Rolfe will pay up. It was Rolfe who brought the relic to international attention when he made an award-winning doco on it in 1978. A decade later, Museum and Oxford Uni scientists ran some tests and said the cloth was from the 13th or 14th century. Now a converted Christian, Rolfe says the process was flawed. As for the Museum, it says talk to the Vatican, which owns the shroud…

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