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160 final paper - Anth 160 02 Simpkins SJSU Spring 2009...

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Anth 160- 02- Simpkins SJSU – Spring 2009 5/19/2009 Anth 160 Paper Assignment: The Shroud of Turin There are many mysteries and controversies surrounding our human history. The fall of enlightened civilizations, the customs and practices of tribal communities, and the puzzling remnants left behind by our ancestors. There are also, however, many legends and myths waiting to be either proven or dispelled. Through modern scientific methods we come closer and closer to understanding our pasts and learning about our world as it was before we were here. Yet, there are still those mysteries of our past that go unresolved and cannot be explained even through the most sound and valid scientific explanations. One such mystery is: the true origin of The Shroud of Turin. Although enough valid scientific experimentation has been done to disprove the belief that the shroud is the burial garment of Jesus Christ, a conclusion may never be reached because of the presence of faith in the equation. God’s actions do not have to follow the laws that we as men live by, and therefore no matter how much evidence there is against the shroud being the burial garment of Christ, the presence of a miracle is fundamentally engrained into the argument, and scientific laws no longer matter. Consequently, this makes it extremely difficult to sway people’s opinions, and beliefs about the true origin of the Shroud. The reason science works and the reason it is hard to refute a scientific conclusion is because of the strength of the scientific process and the basic assumptions we hold about the world in which
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we live. Through observation and experimentation scientists are able to answer questions about our past, present, and future, and the main reason they are able to do so is because of the basic assumptions a scientists has about our world. The most important assumption made is that the universe has a set of laws or rules to it if you will, like the law of gravity, and these laws cannot change depending on where or even when you are. Therefore scientists are able to make inferences about the past through heavy observation and experimentation today. If there is an outcome to the experiment, this outcome should not change depending on when or where I am, because the basic laws that are fundamental to the explanation do not change. They are the same now as they were in the past. However, when it comes to religion and the role of God, science takes on a new form and the assumptions cannot always stick. The religious assumption is that
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