From the Telegraph–
First things first. The “authenticity” or otherwise of the Shroud of Turin does not have any implications for whether or not Christ was real, or whether He was divine. If it was a medieval forgery, it doesn’t mean the stories aren’t true; if it really was made in the first century AD, it doesn’t mean they were. Until we find a reliable method of linking the shroud with Christ Himself – a nametag stitched in it by His mum, perhaps – the existence of a 2,000-year-old cloth does not imply that a particular person who died around the time it was made was the Son of God.
I mention this because today, we report that a group of scientists – working, unexpectedly, for the Italian sustainable energy agency ENEA – claim that the marks on the cloth could only have been made by ultraviolet radiation. They say that “When one talks about a flash of light being able to colour a piece of linen in the same way as the shroud, discussion inevitably touches on things like miracles and resurrection,” and that they “hope our results can open up a philosophical and theological debate”. They do, however, say “as scientists, we were concerned only with verifiable scientific processes.”
Go read the rest. It’s great. maybe one day people really will get over the fraudulent rubbish. But I’m not going to hold my breath. As long as there are people walking the planet there will be dimwitted dilettantes lapping up every idiotic claim uninformed pseudo-scholars blather.