Radiocarbon dating controversy
Skeptics maintain that the shroud is a forgery created by a medieval artist seeking to display it to relic-hungry pilgrims.
The debate often is bitter; each side accuses the other of twisting facts and ignoring evidence that doesn’t fit its view.
Twenty years later, Jackson, 62, is getting his chance to challenge the radiocarbon dating.
Oxford University, which participated in the original radiocarbon testing, has agreed to work with him in reconsidering the age of the shroud.
“It’s the radiocarbon date that to our minds is like a square peg in a round hole.” he said, adding that his faith isn’t incompatible with his scientific training: “How I think about the Shroud of Turin comes from the shroud.