It is B.C.E. and A.C.E. Before and After Common Era
I think this is interesting. It is the most purely anti-Christian initiative around, and it seems to have almost unquestioned acceptance. That's not to say it has unquestioned or universal adoption, just acceptance.
I say it is purely anti-Christian because it tries to remove from common use - specifically as part of the calendar - only Christian referents. We still remember Odin (Wotan), Thor, and Freya on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. We still recall Janus and Mars and Juno in our months. It is only the Christian, AD, Anno Domini ("Year of our Lord") and BC, Before Christ that are being purged. Accordingly, it is not an attempt to be inclusive by eliminating religious references not everyone shares, but instead a focused anti-Christian purging.
It is also a denial of the facts. Regardless of whether one shares their beliefs, it is a fact that those who established the 'common era' calendar used as a reference the year in which they believed Christ was born. One could treat it like astrology or alchemy and consider it mistaken (in fact, most scholars, using internal Bible referents, place the actual birth of Christ in the spring of approximately 6 BC), but that doesn't mean it's appropriate to rename the true basis for the calendar year than it would be to rename all the constellations in the sky to eliminate the zodiac.
So I consider any who advocate this to be anti-Christian, not "pro-choice."
But what really amazes me is that many who would otherwise not seem to be anti-Christian go along with it. I'm sure it's because they just don't think it through, but it's still wrong.
posted on 08/01/2006 9:22:13 AM PDT
Thanks for that post - the points you make about selectivity I hadn't thought of previously.
posted on 08/01/2006 9:59:50 AM PDT
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