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Relics of the Christ
Joe Nickell
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Relics of the Christ

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Religious relics, defined as "either portions of or objects connected with the body of a saint or other holy person," are among the most revered items in the world. Christian relics such as the Holy Grail, the True Cross, and the Lance of Longinus are also the source of limitless controversy. Such items have incited people to bloodshed and, some say, have been a source of ...more
ebook, 232 pages
Published March 16th 2007 by University Press of Kentucky (first published January 1st 2007)
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Jan 24, 2009 Jc rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very readable introduction to the study of christian reliquary. A central focus of the book is the "Shroud" of Turin, but many other christian relics are discussed as well. The perspective is that of a skeptic who believes that any claims to reliquary need to be examined thoroughly and objectively.

Apr 06, 2012 Spook rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nickell does an excellent job investigating a sizable portion of famous relics, including the infamous Shroud of Turing. His approach is unhampered by ideology other than a strong preference for the verifiable facts.

I had no idea that there were even that many famous relics to investigate in the first place, let alone how absurd their histories and provenance often are.

A bit dry, but that's to be expected.
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Joe Nickell, Ph.D. (University of Kentucky, 1987), is Senior Research Fellow of the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry (CSI) - an international scientific organization - and investigative columnist for Skeptical Inquirer magazine.

A former professional stage magician (he was Resident Magician at the Houdini Magical Hall of Fame for three years) and private investigator for a world-famous detective age
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