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The Shroud of Turin: between science and faith

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The Shroud of Turin: between science and faith

seminar room from group Science, Reason and Faith.
José Fernández Capo. Pamplona, 18 December 2018.


Information page on the Shroud

Technical photographs by Vernon Miller

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José Fernández Capo holds a PhD in Veterinary Medicine from the Autonomous University of Barcelona. He completed a General Administration programme at IESE in 2014. He has dedicated a large part of his professional activity to teaching and training for young people. She has been director of two colleges and taught teaching in different schools and at university, both in Madrid and Barcelona. For years he has studied the research carried out on the Shroud of Turin and has given several conferences on the topic.


The Shroud of Turin is the most famous Catholic relic. No one doubts this. But beyond this, does this piece of cloth have anything to say to the academic world? Can it constitute an object of scientific study?

After test carbon-14, shouldn't we consider the scientific question about the Shroud to be settled? The answer is clearly no. A recent article published in the Times states: "this relic remains an enigma for our time". The New York Times" also said: "[the Shroud is] a marvel of our scientific age". This seminar room will review three important moments in the history of the Shroud of Turin from which we can draw lessons for scientists, philosophers and theologians, serving to enrich the dialogue between science and faith in today's debates.