Once upon a time, in a kingdom far, far away, there lived a happy old couple with just ONE problem – there was an axe stuck in their ceiling. In truth, the couple wasn’t all THAT happy because they constantly worried that someday that axe would fall out of the ceiling and kill somebody.
One day a tired and hungry stranger came along and the old couple invited him in for a rest and a meal. While eating, the couple told the stranger about their life together, pointing out that the one sour note in all their happy existence was that (damned) axe stuck in the ceiling. At which point, the stranger got up on his chair, and with a quick tug, dislodged the axe from the ceiling…
1. Our Purpose:
1.1. “We” are a small team of ‘commentators’ imported from www.shroudblog.com.
1.2. We believe – apparently, contrary to current popular opinion – that the preponderance of evidence regarding the Shroud of Turin somehow – but clearly – favors the Shroud’s authenticity…
1.3. (“Authentic” meaning simply that the Shroud was, in fact, the burial cloth of Jesus — at this point, we are not claiming that there is anything supernatural about the Shroud…)
1.4. We also believe that we will be doing a great public service if we can bring our conclusion to worldly consensus. (Such a conclusion should give anyone serious pause – whether believer or nonbeliever, and whether the image on the Shroud is supernatural or not — and should also put any sarcastic skeptics into their rightful places… which would be a good thing.)
1.5. So, our purpose here is to show that the preponderance of evidence clearly favors shroud authenticity, and to bring that conclusion to a worldly consensus…
1.6. But then, if somehow we’re wrong — let the games begin, and the pieces fall where they may…
2. Our Plan
2.1. But then, how could we possibly bring our conclusion to a worldly consensus..?
2.2. Well, we do have the Internet at our fingertips. And what, for instance, if we could get Wikipedia to accept our conclusion?
2.3. Not to worry, just a thought…
2.4. But then, we do have a plan. As we see it, there are three necessary ingredients for advancing our cause:
2.4.1. Actually effective debate (about the shroud),
2.4.2. Acknowledged experts as spokespersons for the other side,
2.4.3. A popular website hosting the debates…
2.5. Given such a situation, we believe that our side would at least begin to develop a worldly consensus for authenticity.
2.6. Note that what we have in mind is written debate. (Don’t discourage yourself by trying to imagine actually effective oral debate.)
2.7. For an extensive discussion of human debate, its problems and potential solutions, just keep reading.
2.8. If you wish to discuss the Shroud, and the debates here between the experts, you will be able to register for our audience (jury) forum. Doing that, you will also have an opportunity to cast, and recast, your vote as to which side you think is winning the overall debate, as well as to which side you think is winning each particular “sub-debate”… The voting part isn’t ready yet.
2.9. That’s the idea. Next.