Dating systems before christ
the Western one) without having to have some special knowledge about what "anno domini" means or who Christ is.Wikipedia also mentions an issue with the Julian Calendar and the Gregorian Calendar historically both using AD/BC, leading to some confusion as to which calendar system is being referred to: The terms "Common Era", "Anno Domini", "Before the Common Era" and "Before Christ" can be applied to dates that rely on either the Julian calendar or the Gregorian calendar.A bit like degrees Kelvin, which one cannot help noticing retained the unit of a degree Centigrade, only changing the [email protected] Beckett: You sound like my scientist brother lol. But because he's a scientist, he uses the term more and is familiar with it.I'm not, so I like having the word 'degrees' to remind me what we're talking [email protected] Fingers, the official reason for not being degrees is that it's not a scale divided into parts (as is Celcius) but for some odd reason it's also not a plural.Astronomers of course have the best solution - just count [email protected] - it's only the common one assuming you are in a christian (or christian conquered) country.It's like calling British English Common-English and any other version a mere uncommon deviation standardized on BC/AD.As the world has also standardized on or at the very least have an alternate calendar (as in many Muslim countries), BCE/CE are modern inventions to avoid Christian-centric notions.
Defending the change, the British Qualifications and Curriculum Authority argued: “It’s not a question of one way is wrong and one is right, more a question of which is most commonly used.
As the Telegraph’s Christopher Booker noted: “The trouble with this politically-correct effort to spare offence to Muslims, Jews, atheists or other non-Christians from the use of a dating system tied to Jesus, is that it prompts any child to ask ‘So what is this Common Era based on?
’, and brings up the very point it seeks to avoid.” Controversy is raging in Australia over changing the national curriculum to reflect the new BCE orthodoxy.
While they may not be the language of everyday life, the new terms BCE, Before Common Era and CE , Common Era (first invented in the sixth century AD) are now the rule in order to express politically correct sensitivity to non-Christians.
Earlier this year, the first print run of a four-volume Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization was pulped by its American academic publishers following an outcry that it was biased in favour of Christianity, evidenced by its use of BC and AD instead of BCE and CE.
BCE/CE seems like a hypercorrection to me., but a few years earlier (i.e., in the somewhat ironic 3–4 B. While Christians make up a very large chunk of the world's population, they are no where near the majority.