The Shroud of Turin in the Light of Science and Scripture
Featuring Fr Andrew Dalton, LC
Date : 22 June 2017 (Thursday)
Time : 7:30 – 9:30 pm
Venue : Cathedral of the Good Shepherd
A Queen St, Singapore 188533
The Shroud of Turin has long been veiled in mystery. According to the Gospel, when the beloved disciple spied the
burial cloths, “he saw and believed” (John 20:8). But what did he see so that he believed? Since the Shroud was
found in the empty tomb on the day of Christ’s Resurrection, it has been called the “silent witness.” Modern
science now amplifies its powerful testimony. In his audio-visual presentation, Fr Andrew Dalton unravels the
mystery, not only by unpacking the empirical observations of modern men, but also by turning to Scripture for the
theological and spiritual significance that God has revealed.
At the turn of the 20th century, photographic qualities were accidently discovered on the Shroud of Turin. From
that point on, Christians were not the only ones interested in this enigmatic cloth; scientists were intrigued too. In
the 1970s, American scientists unveiled three-dimensional information encoded on the same linen. Could this
image be the clever craftsmanship of a con artist? Or did this cloth actually envelop the body of Jesus of Nazareth?
How was this enigmatic image formed? This question, above all, brought an elite crew of scientists to Italy.
Ironically, they returned home with more questions than answers. To this day, no one has been able to explain
how this image came into existence, much less reproduce it in the laboratory.
Beyond the queries that have drawn the attention of scientists, pilgrims come to penetrate the theological
meaning underneath the surface of this linen. If he was beaten and scourged, crowned with thorns, pierced in the
side, and killed on a cross, what does this mean? The microscope can tell us that he suffered, but it cannot tell us
why. For this, a macro-scope is needed—a broad and lofty vision—indeed a supernatural light. The Word of God
comes to complement and elevate the findings of natural reason. As Saint John Paul II once wrote, “Faith and
reason are like two wings on which the human spirit rises to the contemplation of truth” (Fides et ratio, 1).
Fr Andrew Dalton is a Catholic priest of the Legionaries of Christ, who found his vocation
while studying at the Georgia Institute of Technology. After earning a bachelor’s degree in
philosophy and theology from the Pontifical Athenaeum Regina Apostolorum, he specialized in
Biblical languages at the Pontifical Biblical Institute and Biblical Theology at the Pontifical
University of the Holy Cross. As he pursues his doctorate, he is currently an adjunct professor of
theology at the Pontifical Athenaeum Regina Apostolorum in Rome, where he teaches Biblical
Hebrew, Biblical Greek, and the Synoptic Gospels. He also teaches the Biblical Theology of the
Passion of the Christ as part of the Diploma in Shroud Studies offered by the Institute of Science
and Faith in collaboration with the International Center of Sindonology in Turin and the Giulio
Ricci Diocesan Center of Sindonology in Rome. Fr Dalton is also a board member for Othonia,
a center for investigation and study of the Shroud with exhibitions all over the world.