Skip to comments.BBC drops Anno Domini and Before Christ to avoid offending non-Christians
Posted on 09/26/2011 2:58:25 PM PDT by knighthawk
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LOL you’re the third to tell me that , thank you
Sorry, it is no longer the Christian Era. In addition to BCE and CE, you’ll have to start using ACE. That would be most accurate.
The BBC now has today as Monday 28 SHawwal 1432 A.H.
Or you could make 1818, the year of Karl Marx's birth as year 1 of your own calendar and stop not giving credit to the Gregorian calendar.
Well no doubt, but it’s bad history to walk away from the history of the system that you do use.
Oh, BTW, Dominus Exiguus was a Greek. ;) The distinction between the Greeks and Romans especially in that time period (early 6th century), really doesn’t make much sense. That was after the fall of Rome, during the revival of the Empire under Justinian. The East considered themselves the Romans and the Church was the church.
“...its silly to date Chinese statues based on events in the Mediterranean.”
I don’t agree that it’s silly. It may have no correlation in terms of historical events in that region at the time they unfolded, but it’s no more silly than using BCE and CE, which are still based on the birth of Christ. The term “common era” is silly, since it has no meaning to anyone.
How silly is that, discostu? The change is still based on events in the Mediterranean.
Only sort of. Actually most of the time when they’re doing regional stuff they use regional dates based on their own events, then translate to CE for westerners to get a hook on it. It’s a good reminder that you’re dealing with non-western stuff, AD for European and post colonization American (contents) history, CE for everything else.
BC comic archive:
It has plenty of meaning. It means you’re explaining when something outside the Christian world happened to people who don’t know enough about the region to know when “14th year of the 3rd Ming Dynasty” is, so you translate to CE, a reference point the listeners have in common. Breaks you out of the Euro-centric Christ-centric view and reminds that it’s a big planet and most of the people on it for most of its history haven’t really been too worried about who’s nailed to a cross and why.
The Jehovah’s Witnesses have used BCE and CE for Years!
They call it “Before The Christian Era”(BCE) and “The Christian Era”(CE).
I Think that’s correct (meaning)!?
Why be worried about offending non Christians? If that is the case why not just close the church and be done with it.
(After voting Pluto out, and voting metric in, they'll be airing senate hearings on universality of the maqam)
Yeah, well Jupiter is bigger, and there's nobody there. Now what?
Someone posted it a while back (and I may have heard it myself on a recent trip to England) but the BBC taken to saying “P.B.U.H.” following any mention of Mohammed in their broadcasts. I think I heard it, but wasn’t listening for it. I thought I heard some mumbling from the newsreader.
It started with British Jews around 1880, and was picked up by American Jews shortly thereafter.
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