"The Shroud of Turin boosted Christianity from an obscure sect into the most powerful religion in the world." Does this sound plausible to you?
Thomas de Wesselow thinks so, as he writes in his book, The Sign: The Shroud of Turin and the Secret of the Resurrection.
As it was stated in a newspaper article I read he writes that after apostles showed the shroud (with the alleged imprint of Jesus’ face on it) around to people, they were thinking it (more) believable that Jesus had resurrected.
Thus making a small religion (with ‘few’ followers) into a major religion (with millions of followers) that we have today.
Realizing that also today ‘the image’ is a very strong tool to make people believe/see things I can see that it could also have worked with the Turin Shroud.
What say you?