Before Common Era and Common Era

Posted by M ws On Sunday, September 25, 2011 0 comments
Did you know that BBC has dropped the terms BC and AD in case they offend non-Christians?

The familiar Anno Domini or A.D. (the year of Our Lord) and Before Christ (B.C.) has now been replaced with the obscure terms Common Era and Before Common Era respectively.

It states: 'As the BBC is committed to impartiality it is appropriate that we use terms that do not offend or alienate non-Christians.

In line with modern practice, BCE/CE (Before Common Era/Common Era) are used as a religiously neutral alternative to BC/AD.'

This move has offended many in the Christian community and mystified leaders from other faiths. The Plain English Campaign has branded the move as unnecessary. Other critics regarded the changes as meaningless because, just like in the old system that used A.D. and B.C., the new system still benchmarked years in relation to the life of Christ.

Imagine the confusion that the younger generation may have to go through when adapting to the change. What they read in terms of time frames may not be the same as what they may be taught. While A.D. per se is definitely different from B.C., Before Common Era and Common Era could be quite confusing for some.

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