BC or BCE? The BBC's edict on how we date events is AD (absolute drivel) - Telegraph
Aug 17, Correct dating usage is to put B.C., ''before Christ,'' after the year and A.D., ''in reflects the cultural importance of Christianity in world history.''. Sep 26, The BBC's use of "BCE" and "CE" instead of BC and AD is puerile, says we will ask our children to think about the history of our civilisation. Apr 20, "CE/BCE" or "AD/BC" dating notation. Historical background of the use of "CE" and "BCE" to identify dates. Sponsored link.
Riggs of Eden Theological Seminary wrote: It merely means that we ought not force this confession on others, if even implicitly. Fortunately, there is an alternative which preserves the year numbering established by Exiguus and now an unavoidable legacy of the historical record.
This has distinct advantages for computer generated lists and tables. Glenn Arthur, Jr, writing on his own web site, stated: Note that there are other calendars in use -- the Gregorian calendar is not universal.
So there are plenty of people with their own perfectly good calendars who have to keep track of dates in our calendar so they can do international business, or just to communicate with the folks in their own neighbourhood if they live in a country that uses the Gregorian calendar. It's also more accurate for Christians, since today's best guesses as to when Jesus of Nazareth was born differ by four to six years from the best guesses the folks who invented our calendar had.
So it is highly unlikely that Jesus was born in the year 1 CE.
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Which means that if one insists on calling that year AD 1, one is probably off by about five years. Personally, being a bit of a traditionalist, I'll probably continue using AD on personal correspondence with other Christians or folks who I know won't care and on certain published or web-published or posted stuff intended primarily for a Christian audience or intended to present an intensely personal and religious topic.
Even though I know it's off by four to six years. I'm going to try to consistently use CE the rest of the time when I bother to use eitherand if I slip up I expect to be called on it so I can fix it.
Well, it's polite and it's more accurate. There is no Eran religion, and no followers of Common. There was Christ, and if the BBC doesn't want to date events from the birth of Christ then it should abandon the Western dating system.
Perhaps it should use the Buddhist calendar, which says that it is the 2,th year since the nirvana of Lord Buddha. Perhaps it should have a version of the old Roman calendar, and declare that this is the fourth year of the fourth consulship of Silvio Berlusconi.
It could say that this year was 13, or whatever since the Big Bang, or maybe the BBC should switch to the Mayan calendar and announce that is the year 1 BC — before the catastrophe that is meant to engulf the planet.
But if the BBC is going to continue to put MMXI at the end of its programmes — as I think it does — then it should have the intellectual honesty to admit that this figure was not plucked from nowhere.
We don't call it because it is years since the Chinese emperor Ai was succeeded by the Chinese emperor Ping though it is ; nor because it is years since Ovid wrote the Ars Amatoria.Pg 13: BC, AD, BCE, CE, and BP dates
It is years since the presumed birth of Christ. I object to this change because it reflects a pathetic, hand-wringing, Lefty embarrassment about thousands of years of cultural dominance by the West. The simple fact is that the Roman empire was programmatic of most of our modern global civilisation, and the decision by Constantine in AD to make Christianity the official religion was one of the most important moments in the history of that empire.