Christ is Risen!

Alleluia!  Christ is Risen!

Rafael - ressureicaocristo01.jpg

The Resurrection of Christ by St. Raphael.

Tapestry version in the Vatican museum, actually I don't have a lot more than that to say right now.  But it seemed relevant, so I thought I'd post it.  If you want to read more about the significance of this event, click here.

About Aron Wall

I am a postdoctoral researcher studying quantum gravity and black hole thermodynamics at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. Before that, I read Great Books at St. John's College (Santa Fe), got my physics Ph.D. from U Maryland, and did my first postdoc at UC Santa Barbara.
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8 Responses to Christ is Risen!

  1. Scott Church says:

    He is risen indeed! Praise God! :-)

  2. aleksyl says:

    Even more reasons to believe in the resurrection:

    "Looming above all other issues is what physicist Paolo Di Lazzaro calls “the question of questions”: how the image was produced, regardless of its age. Every scientific attempt to replicate it in a lab has failed. Its precise hue is highly unusual, and the color’s penetration into the fabric is extremely thin, less than 0.7 micrometers (0.000028 inches), one-thirtieth the diameter of an individual fiber in a single 200-fiber linen thread."

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  3. TY says:

    Today at church, packed with people I usually don't see till Christmas, the singing of Jesus Christ is Risen and ringing of bells to celebrate that historical event, made such a wonderful sound.

    Happy Easter to all!

  4. Andrew says:

    In both of these pictures it looks as though Christ is holding the English flag. Reminds me of our PM suggesting that God would have voted for Brexit.

  5. Aron Wall says:

    In my opinion, the late carbon dating of the Shroud, together with the lack of any mentions of this relic in early centuries, makes it seem very unlikely it was actually Jesus' burial cloth. The fact that we don't know how it was made, doesn't mean it was a miracle.

    I'm pretty sure that the famous Italian Renaissance painter St. Raphael wasn't making a reference to England! I think Christ has the prior claim when it comes to cross-symbolism.

    Someone who lives in a monarchy should know better than to say that the King of Kings has a political party, or is a voter. However, as best I can tell from a quick web search, St. Theresa May didn't actually say that. Rather, she gave the usual politican's boilerplate about how her faith is important to her when she makes hard decisions, and someone made an uncharitable "paraphrase" of her remarks.

  6. Christopher says:

    Hey all,
    So Aron, it looks like the shroud may actually have been from the right time period - I have also read from other articles that there is dispute over the methods from the original dating (the one that placed it later on).

    Also, when can we expect the critique of the many worlds interpretation? I am looking forward to that.

  7. Andrew says:

    Oh of course Aron! I was thinking more that perhaps the flag came from the painting but I'm sure there's little to no significance. Out of interest, as a scientist (although I know you're an American), do you think leaving the European Union is going to be a bad thing for British science? Our government isn't just leaving the EU they're taking whats being portrayed as a radical step of leaving the single market and leaving the customs union and a possible ~ 40 European agencies/organisations which Brexit doesn't necessary have to imply.

    Obviously, EU integration has been gradual treaty-by-treaty so there's a lot of different possible arrangements. Countries like Norway, Iceland and Finland are single market members but not EU members. Turkey is a customs union member but not a single market member. Switzerland isn't a member of the EEA (pretty much the single market) or the customs union but it is a member of EFTA and the Schengen area accepting freedom of movement, which helps to uphold their science, both of which Theresa May rejects.

  8. Chris D. says:


    I think you may probably be familiar with the work of Frank Tipler, particularly his book "The Physics of Christianity." A.S. Haley has written several essays on it in his blog: The Anglican Curmudgeon" especially concerning DNA tests on the Shroud, which may be found here:


    Chris D.

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