Press Release

Shroud Encounter Coming to Hannibal-LaGrange University

Monday, February 27, 2012
by Carolyn Carpenter

SHROUD ENCOUNTER is coming to Hannibal-LaGrange University in Hannibal, MO on Wednesday, March 28th at 10:00 AM in the Parker Theatre of the Roland Fine Arts Center. Shroud Encounter is a highly acclaimed multi-media presentation. It is a fast moving, big-screen experience using over 180 images covering all aspects of Shroud research. The presentation is free and open to the public.  

Russ Breault is a dynamic speaker and has been featured in several documentaries seen on History Channel, Discovery Channel and CBS. He has presented at numerous colleges and universities including Duke, West Point, and Penn State. See www.ShroudEncounter.com for more information. 

The Shroud of Turin is the most analyzed artifact in the world yet remains a mystery. TheRuss Breault14-foot long linen cloth that has been in Turin, Italy for over 400 years and bears the faint front and back image of a 5'10" bearded, crucified man with apparent wounds and bloodstains that match the crucifixion account as recorded in the bible. Millions of people over the centuries have believed it be the actual burial shroud of Jesus. The historical trail can be traced through Italy, France, Asia Minor (Turkey) and may have originated in Israel according to botanical evidence. 

A team of 24 scientists in 1981 concluded it was not the work of an artist. They found no visible trace of paint, pigment, dye or other artistic substances on the cloth. Skeptics have mounted numerous attempts to show how a medieval artist could have produced the image but all have been inadequate to fully explain how the mysterious image was formed. 

The Shroud was largely dismissed in 1988 when three carbon dating labs indicated a medieval origin. However chemical research published in a peer reviewed scientific journal in 2005 showed that the single sample cut from the outside corner edge was not part of the original Shroud material. In violation of the sampling protocol, only one sample was used for dating and was cut from the most handled area of the cloth, an area that should have been avoided. The sample appears to have been part of a section that was frayed and repaired sometime during the middle ages. Based on this new evidence, many scientists now believe the carbon dating result is inconclusive. 

Adding strength to the Shroud’s authenticity, scientists from Hebrew University confirmed the presence of pollen from plants that grow only in Israel. The mystery continues. National Geographic called it "One of the most perplexing enigmas of modern times." 

Shroud Encounter will cover all aspects of the history, science, art and theories of how the image may have been formed. 

For more information contact Dr. Jeff Brown, Director of Campus Ministries, at 573-629-3097 or jbrown@hlg.edu.


Contact Information

Carolyn Carpenter
Director of Public Relations