Open and Closed Belief Systems

Wikipedia: The Shroud of Turin: modern photo of the face, positive left, digitally processed image right.
Following on from Science, Rationality and Religion, which introduces the concepts of a closed and an open belief system, ask students to research the Turin Shroud.

For your background understanding, some links are provided here:

Discover More The Shroud of Turin website

Discover More How did the Turin Shroud get its image?

Discover More HistoryToday: The Origins of the Shroud of Turin

Students could use this material to discuss the extent to which religion is a closed system. How have Christians responded to critics of the shroud being a fake?


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