Gregory S. Paul
Gregory Paul is an independent researcher whose technical research has been published in Science, Philosophy and Theology, The Journal of Medical Ethics, and the online Evolutionary Psychology and Journal of Religion and Society. Popular essays have appeared in Washington Post/On Faith, the Wall Street Journal, Edge, and Science and Religion Today. These and additional items are available at www.gspaulscienceofreligion.com.
This note is intended to describe why, from an artistic and anatomical perspective, the shroud image is an embarrassingly obvious fraud committed by a Gothic artist following the standard conventions of his time. The artistic errors are so severe that it is impossible for the shroud to record the image of an actual human body—unless it was a very seriously pathological person with a brain the size of a Homo erectus.
According to centrist religious supernaturalists whether Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Buddhist, Hindu or whatever, not only are they not the ones not responsible for the ills of modern societies, they are part of the levelheaded solution. In their opinion it seems eminently logical that the proposition that middle of the road moderate as well as liberal religion is more beneficial than either of the contentious extremes of fundamentalist theism on the one hand or assertive atheism on the other. Surely it is the common sense center that best understands how to run the societal show, not those extremist zealots on either side. Right? Wrong!
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