Shroud Inquiry started when Don Vickers heard about the shroud for the first time.
Our mission is to educate the public about the Shroud of Turin (the burial and resurrection cloth of Jesus) the most studied artifact in the world. Our presentation starts with an exhibit of a full-sized photographic replica, which allows viewers to get a very close look at the Shroud. Accurate conclusions, however, may require inquiry into science, history, art, culture, the Bible, and faith. Our presentations provide insight into messianic prophecies, the early church, and how the good news of Jesus spread throughout the world.
We view the Shroud as an authentic heirloom… something left behind… which reminds us of Jesus’ life, suffering, death, and resurrection. It is directly related to the Passover Seder, the Eucharist, and the Lord’s Supper. Although the Shroud is not required for our faith, those with faith will know it as an encouragement of faith (the assurance of things hoped for, evidence of things not seen).
Our exhibits have been displayed in universities, churches, special events, skate parks, museums, and schools.
Meet Our Founder
When I was young, I regularly attended church with my family, sang hymns, and saw Jesus’ love in others. I asked Jesus to be my Savior, and began sharing the gospel in school, but was met with resistance. One person challenged me saying, “If the Bible is true, prove it.” The only response I knew was, “well there’s Jerusalem isn’t there?” Later, I thought how wonderful it would be if someone found Noah’s Ark, Mount Sinai, and the place where Moses crossed the Red Sea. Looking back over the last 45 years, it feels as if God has shown me all of that. To me it seems God is saying to humanity, “Are you searching for me? If so, let me show you a few things.” Almost every day, archeologists uncover things that verify the Bible, (just checkout the blog at BiblePlaces.com).
I’m not a scientist or archeologist, but I love biblical history and communication. So just before graduating from college in June of 1980, I was waiting to checkout at the grocery store and saw the National Geographic. On the cover it said, “Scientists are now studying what may be the burial cloth of Jesus.” This time it was me resisting. “Yeah right. What are they up to this time.” As I saw the black and white negative image from the face on the Shroud, I thought, “Hey, that looks like my college roommate Alan”. The light bulb clicked on as I realized my roommate Alan was Jewish. The face from the Shroud was the first Jewish-looking face I’d seen on Jesus. It was unlike the painting of King James’ son, or the blonde blue-eyed actors playing Jesus in movies. I read about the 58 types of pollen from the middle east on the Shroud, and the limestone specific to Jerusalem. The last thing I remember from the magazine article was, “Scientists now believe the image on the cloth may have emanated from a brief, but intense, burst of radiation of unknown origin.” Then and there, I believed the Shroud was authentic. But I still had questions. Where was early church literature about the burial cloth? Why haven’t scientists done more studies and tests? But God was just about to unload those answers in my lap, on a wonderful journey and adventure.
After the death of my parents in 2010, I spent 2 weeks touring Israel, and one week visiting the seven churches of Revelation in Turkey. When I returned, I visited the Turin Shroud Center of Colorado Springs, where I met Dr. John Jackson. (Leader of the 1978 STURP scientific team). We became friends. I’ve tried to absorb as much information as possible from Dr. Jackson, whom I believe to be the world’s foremost expert on the Shroud. The Protestant church (to which I belong) knows very little about the Shroud. I became convinced that more people needed to hear about the history, art, science and religious aspects of the Shroud. I view the Shroud as an heirloom, to remember Jesus by. The Shroud is valuable, but we worship a living resurrected Jesus in a personal relationship.