Computer model of Jesus?

The New York Post (admittedly not the most reputable source in the world) reported last week that the face of Jesus has been computer modeled.

News flash: Jesus was five-foot-eight, quite swarthy, not blond and looked nothing like James Caviezel or Willem Dafoe. Jesus was not movie-star handsome, nor even handsome at all. And he certainly didn’t have blue eyes. Behold the “real” face of Jesus.

They managed to get his hair and eye color? Impressive. Where did they get this amazing information? Well, apparently the infamous History Channel is airing a 2-hour special this Tuesday (in America) about how this was done.

This startling image was painstakingly “lifted” from the Shroud of Turin and reconstructed by computer for the History Channel special, “The Real Face of Jesus“.

It’s not like the Shroud of Turin is thought to be a fake or anything. In fact, there is a great deal of debate surrounding the shroud, with most evidence pointing to it being a piece of art from somewhere around the 14th century. A number of inconsistencies include the carbon date, the weave, the positioning of the markings, and other various anachronistic components. So this image is most likely a computer model of a previous artist’s impression of Christ.

The computer image.

So what evidence does the computer analyst have that his model is accurate?

He claims that his technique of computer imaging actually uncovered what substance created the image and thus enabled him to see for the first time since The Crucifixion, the actual face of Jesus.”I will reveal at the end of the show the type of event that must have occurred 2,000 years ago [to create the image on the Shroud].”

Oh, I see what he did there.

But the only event that must have occurred 2000 years ago for this image to be plausible is the shroud being created at all. Unfortunately, according to the evidence, this 2 hour special is based on what is most likely a false premise.

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  • Kim Hebert

    Kim H├ębert is an occupational therapist. She is interested in the promotion of science and reason, particularly regarding therapeutic health interventions. She blogs occasionally about occupational therapy and other health topics at Science-Based Therapy. Her hobbies are art and astronomy. **All views expressed by Kim are her personal views alone, and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of current or former employers, associations, or other affiliations. All information is provided for discussion purposes only, and should not be used as a replacement for consultation with a licensed and accredited health professional.