Thursday, March 24, 2005

The Shroud of Turin, Revisited

A while back I mentioned that Nathan Wilson, the 26-year-old son of Presbyterian pastor-gadfly Douglas Wilson and an English teacher at New St. Andrews College, has conducted an experiment casting serious doubts on the authenticity of the Shroud of Turin.

Wilson reported his findings in an article for Books & Culture entitled Father Brown Fakes the Shroud—a Chestertonian piece of detective work. The piece has created a buzz. Wilson has recently been interviewed by ABC News, Good Morning America, the Discovery Channel, and NPR. (The ABC/Associated Press story and the Discovery Channel report are both online.)

Wilson’s site is There you can also read a list of FAQs responding to critics.

Meanwhile, his dad, Doug Wilson, explains why he’s proud of his son, and why the lessons to be learned here are not really about the shroud. “The issue is story, learning to think in terms of story, learning to have the narrative of Scripture shape how you see yourself and the world around you, and learning to see yourself as a character in the story.”