There’s a buzz on the Net about a new report by Luigi Garlaschelli (pic above), professor of organic chemistry at the University of Pavia in Italy. In brevis, he claims that because he has been able in 2009 to create a facsimile of the Shroud of Turin using materials available in the Middle Ages, that the actual shroud is a fake made in the Middle Ages.
Clearly the forgery of relics was prevalent in the Middle Ages. Even the Canterbury Tales has the Pardoner quip:
“And stir men to devotion, marveling.
Then show I forth my hollow crystal-stones,
Which are crammed full of rags, aye, and of bones;
Relics are these, as they think, every one.
Then I've in latten box a shoulder bone
Which came out of a holy Hebrew's sheep.”
Nonetheless, Garlaschelli's logic is unbelievably flawed. His ability to produce a facsimile of the Shroud using medieval materials does not mean that the Shroud itself was so produced.
What I question is – what it Garlaschelli's motive?
“Garlaschelli received funding for his work by an Italian association of atheists and agnostics but said it had no effect on his results.”
Well, perhaps we could look to his PAST actions to ferret out his motivations?
Here he is “creating” a stigmata, unbelievably for National Geographic Magazine.
And here he is “creating” his own version of the annual Miracle of San Gennaro.
And here is his version of a statue that “cries” blood.
So he is funded by agnostics and atheists, and regularly “questions” supernatural phenomena that are associated with the Catholic Church in Italy.
All Saturday Night Live kidding aside, I don't know if the particular phenomena Prof. Garlaschelli has "gone after" are true. (Personally - I do believe that the Shroud of Turin is the burial cloth of Christ).
What I can tell you categorically is not true, what is false, is the notion that "science" can be dispositive on everything.
G*d Himself understood that inherent in the power to name or classify is the power to control. G*d had Adam name the animals for this reason,
and most explicitly He responded to Moses' question with "I am who am," for this same reason.