Why is it important to understand the scientific quest for God?
It is important to understand the scientific quest for God when studying the Shroud of Turin if we think the Shroud is part of that quest. It is particularly important to understand what is valid science and what is not so we can avoid some of the common pitfalls found in his quest.
The most common pitfall is assuming that because science has not found an explanation for something we observe or some phenomenon that the cause must be supernatural. This is commonly referred to as God of the gaps reasoning. It is the primary argument used in the evolutionary Intelligent Design argument.