"All empirical evidence and logical reasoning concerning the shroud of Turin will lead any objective, rational person to the firm conclusion that the shroud is an artifact created by an artist in the fourteenth-century."The "shroud" of Turin is a woven cloth about 14 feet long and 3.5 feet wide with an image of a man on it.
Actually, it has two images, one frontal and one rear, with the heads meeting in the middle.
The Oxford Radiocarbon Accelerator Unit has been collaborating with John Jackson's team to test the reaction rates.
So, for instance, claims that Jesus was born of a virgin, died, and was resurrected, or that Mohammad went to heaven on a horse, or that Joseph Smith received the golden plates in New York and translated them into English, or that 75 million years ago Xenu loaded his alien minions onto planes resembling DC-8s, or that there is an afterlife and that good people go to Heaven, or that God hears and answers prayers, or that God is benevolent and all-powerful—these are claims about the way the world is.The shroud allegedly was in a fire during the early part of the 16th century and, according to believers in the shroud's authenticity, that is what accounts for the carbon dating of the shroud as being no more than 650 years old.To non-believers, this sounds like an ad hoc hypothesis. The suggestions that modern biological contaminants were sufficient to modernize the date are also ridiculous.However there are also a number of reasons to think that carbon monoxide contamination is not likely to have had a significant effect: The only way to see if this sort of contamination is possible is to do experimental work on modern linen.The key question is whether carbon monoxide reacts to any significant extent with linen.A relatively small amount of carbon monoxide (roughly 2% of the carbon in the linen) could alter the age of the sample by a thousand years.