Interestingly, the STURP experiments produced a puzzling mix of results.Tests and analysis eliminated any possibility the image on the fabric had been painted.
If queried for their opinion about the authenticity of the Shroud of Turin, probably 9 out of every 10 people would essentially say the same thing — carbon testing performed in 1988 clearly proved that the religious artifact was nothing more than a brilliantly conceived fraud.
I can’t say that I find fault with the Shroud’s critics, because I’ve seen the same evidence.
After all, test results obtained by careful application of the scientific method are really tough to dispute.
They believe that neutron radiation caused by an earthquake could have induced the image of a crucified man – which many people believe to be that of Jesus – onto the length of linen cloth, and caused carbon-14 dating done on it in 1988 to be wrong.
The Shroud has attracted widespread interest ever since Secondo Pia took the first photograph of it in 1898: about whether it is Jesus' purported burial cloth, how old it might be, and how the image was created.
And the 1988 tests seemed to prove beyond any reasonable doubt that the Shroud was a forgery.