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BBC drops Anno Domini and Before Christ to avoid offending non-Christians
UK Telegraph ^ | September 25 2011 | Claire Duffin

Posted on 09/26/2011 2:58:25 PM PDT by knighthawk

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To: manc
This has been going on in academic circles for a long time. I just ignore it and continue to use AD and BC.

This is more proof, if any was needed, that most of Europe is in a post-Christian era.

21 posted on 09/26/2011 3:17:00 PM PDT by colorado tanker
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To: AlmaKing

I read books with a pen in hand. When I see this non-sense of CE and BCE, I scratch it out and put in AD and BC.
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I just read “CE” as “Christian Era” and “BCE” as “Before the Christian Era”.


22 posted on 09/26/2011 3:18:13 PM PDT by Bigg Red (Another Maryland girl for Palin in 2012)
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To: manc; All

Actually, scholarly journals and dissertations have used the BCE and CE moniker for 20 years or more...yes, for totally PC reasons.

It certainly did NOT start with Wikipedia...and I’m very surpised the BBC itself hasn’t used this for years.

To me it is a bit silly...since it is referring to the same calendar system as BC and AD.


23 posted on 09/26/2011 3:18:44 PM PDT by AnalogReigns ((since reality is never digital...))
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To: manc

Depends on what you mean by ‘where’?

Where I was educated as a child?

Where I took my high school education and my introduction to the discipline?

Where I began my university education?

Where I finally undertook my discipline as a historian?

Where I began my instruction?

Where I teach now? :)

Let me know and I’ll PM you.


25 posted on 09/26/2011 3:22:33 PM PDT by BenKenobi (Honkeys for Herman! 10 percent is enough for God; 9 percent is enough for government)
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To: manc

“his all started not too long ago from guess where, Wikipedia.
They had changed it to CE for common era and BCE before common era”

I remember hearing those terms used back when I was in college, early 1980’s. It goes back a long while.


26 posted on 09/26/2011 3:23:34 PM PDT by RedStateRocker (Nuke Mecca, Deport all illegals, abolish the IRS, DEA and ATF.)
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To: F15Eagle

We always called it Boring British Crap.


27 posted on 09/26/2011 3:27:03 PM PDT by dragonblustar
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To: BenKenobi

just in your travels and who you meet in the profession.

I lived up in Boston form some time and found half of historians were liberals but since moving down here I have found in St Augustine FL to east TN they tend to be more conservative.

The teachers my kids have had have all been conservative and my oldest had a great teacher who taught them that BCE is what some are saying but he still uses BC etc.


28 posted on 09/26/2011 3:27:26 PM PDT by manc (Hannity the fraud he admitted he's socially liberal he's no conservative marriage=1man+ 1 woman)
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To: AnalogReigns

Humanists have been using it for at least 30 years.


29 posted on 09/26/2011 3:29:50 PM PDT by NewHampshireDuo
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To: AnalogReigns

Thank you for that info and thank you to red state rocker.

I only found this info since moving over here from England in the last few years.

However I do know that the site I gave was started because of wikipedia but again thank you for that correction.

Like another poster said one could change the letters to before Christs era and Christs era, still IMHO this is all stupid and it should stay as BC AD


30 posted on 09/26/2011 3:29:56 PM PDT by manc (Hannity the fraud he admitted he's socially liberal he's no conservative marriage=1man+ 1 woman)
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To: AlmaKing

Heck, when I see the word “ROME” I scratch it out and put in “TUSCANY”. How’s them apples!


31 posted on 09/26/2011 3:30:34 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: manc

Oh! I thought CE stood for Christ’s Era. Actually it does. Funny thedse PC wizards do not mind offending Christians.


32 posted on 09/26/2011 3:30:54 PM PDT by Louis Foxwell (O assumes the trappings of the presidency, not its mantle. He is not presidential.)
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To: BenKenobi
I’m a history major, this has been going on for some time now, at least 15 years.

A lot longer. Archeology has used CE and BCE for at least 30 years. This predates "PC" - but let's not confuse the people with the pitchforks. Frankly, if most of the posters on this thread only knew, there are scores of dating systems used by scholars that make no reference to anno domini - so at least keeping CE and BCE is a nod to the Roman Catholic dating system.
33 posted on 09/26/2011 3:31:36 PM PDT by Tzfat
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To: Right Wing Assault
BCE = Before the Christian era

CE = Christian era

I've seen that before. A simple way to circumvent them.

34 posted on 09/26/2011 3:31:53 PM PDT by Norman Bates
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To: knighthawk

Well, the BBC has offended me, a Christian!


35 posted on 09/26/2011 3:33:38 PM PDT by rawhide
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To: Louis Foxwell

it shows us how stupid the left are when they devote their time to such issues like this.

Never in my life will I use BCE, it’s just down right stupid


36 posted on 09/26/2011 3:33:38 PM PDT by manc (Hannity the fraud he admitted he's socially liberal he's no conservative marriage=1man+ 1 woman)
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To: muawiyah
Heck, when I see the word “ROME” I scratch it out and put in “TUSCANY”. How’s them apples!

LOL! When folks say tomahto, I say tomato.

Some Freepers just want to howl at the moon.
37 posted on 09/26/2011 3:33:58 PM PDT by Tzfat
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To: knighthawk
There was a common era, until around 1900, or about when the diatonic scale came under attack.
38 posted on 09/26/2011 3:34:29 PM PDT by cornelis
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To: Norman Bates

watch the loons now come up with another abbreviation LOL.


39 posted on 09/26/2011 3:35:00 PM PDT by manc (Hannity the fraud he admitted he's socially liberal he's no conservative marriage=1man+ 1 woman)
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To: manc

It started a long before there ever was an internet. CE and BCE are the common normal terms used by archeologists working on non-Christian parts of world history, because it’s silly to date Chinese statues based on events in the Mediterranean.


40 posted on 09/26/2011 3:36:16 PM PDT by discostu (yeah that's it)
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