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The Shroud of Turin

Barrie Schwortz was invited to give a talk on The Shroud of Turin in his hometown.

Barrie was raised as an Orthodox Jew. He became an agnostic after his Bar Mitzvah.

When Barrie was invited to go to Turin in 1978 to study the Shroud of Turin as part of a team of scientists he said, “Why me? I’m Jewish.”

“So am I. Think of the science,” said the man who had invited him.

Contrary to some reports that team was not composed of true believers.

Only three out of forty believed the Shroud had wrapped the body of Jesus. The rest of the team did not. That team included Catholics, Protestants, Jews, Agnostics and Atheists.

Says Barrie, “I thought we would walk in, look at and walk out laughing.”

So here’s Barrie is his home town driving home after his presentation.

One of Barrie’s family says to his Orthodox Jewish mother, “Mom, what do you think?”

She replies, “It’s a burial cloth. Why else would they keep it? Of course it belonged to Jesus.”

Leave it to a mother to cut through the crap.

–Reg Hartt, 2017–07–16.



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