I see there’s now a claim the Turin Shroud may be geniune after all. The story doesn’t quite bear out the headline – the scientists have only concluded that they don’t actually know what might have caused the images of a crucified man to appear on the cloth.
That is not quite the same as saying, we don’t know, therefore God did it.
But here’s the thing: even if God did do it, is this really such a good advert for God?
If there is a Supreme Being has the power to perform miracles, shouldn’t this Supreme Being do some useful ones?
I mean, if this Being has that sort of power, shouldn’t this Supreme Being perform a miracle and, to take a topical example, prevent this sort of child abuse rather than just make some strange marks on a bit of cloth?
It seems to me that anyone who venerates the Turin Shroud as some sort of sign from God has seriously got their wires crossed.
If it is a “sign” from God, its a very dubious one.
POSTSCRIPT: I got a bit of offline feedback on this one, and a few links. For the sake of clarity here: my point is that if the Turin Shroud were what its adherents say it is, it would be a very poor advertisement for God. I don’t believe the shroud is what its adherents say it is.