A quick post with a strong recommendation: the History Channel has put together an excellent documentary program called "The Real Face of Jesus." It's a two hour scientific investigation of the Shroud of Turin, led by an American research team.
These researchers are graphic experts, and their goal was fascinating: decode the 3D data embedded in the 2D image of the Shroud, and use their 3D imaging software to create a true-to-life image of the Man the Shroud wrapped. We've never seen anything like this. The end result is a stunning likeness.
My only criticism is a few sections where they talk about the Gnostics in the early Church, and their conceptions of reality. These passages are totally unnecessary, and paint the gnostics as way-ahead-of-their-time-intellectual-victims-of-know-nothing persecution. Seemed almost lifted from unused portions of The DaVinci Code.
But if you can put up with some of that nonsense, I highly recommend this program. It's slated to air again tomorrow (Holy Saturday) at 8pm, Midnight on Easter Sunday morning, and next Saturday (April 10th) at 5pm. All times Eastern. Check your local listings, and set your DVR. It's worth it.
A very blessed Good Friday to all. Hope everyone has a good end to Lent, and a blessed Easter.