RE: Botanist: Shroud of Turin came from Jerusalem
Fri, 6 Aug 1999 16:41:03 -0500

As a lurker, I would like to gently ask a question about the Shroud and
relics in general. The Protestant tradition, or at least the Presbyterian
Church, to which I belong, does not seem have the same ideas on the
importance of relics as does the Catholic Church. If anything, I see, what
might be an "anti-relic" sort of bias from the time of the Reformation.
That being the case, for those of us who are not from the Catholic
tradition, does the authenticity of something like the Shroud of Turn have
any relevance to us? Not that the science isn't interesting, but unless we
accept the importance of relics as objects of veneration, then does it
matter one way or another.

Janet Rice