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Common Era (also known as Christian Era and Current Era; [1][2][3] abbreviated CE)[4] is a designation for the period of time beginning with year 1 of the Gregorian calendar. An earlier date is then designated BCE, described as "Before the Common, Christian, or Current Era".[5] The numbering of years is identical to the numbering in the Anno Domini system, neither system using a year zero.[6] The only difference between Common Era, Christian Era, and Anno Domini notation is in the names themselves.[7] Originating among Christians in Europe at least as early as 1615 (at first in Latin),[8] Common Era notation has been adopted in several non-Christian cultures, by many scholars in religious studies and other academic fields,[9][10] and by others wishing to be sensitive to non-Christians.[11] The use of BCE and CE has been criticized by some (who favor the BC/AD system) as being in their view "the result of secularization" and "political correctness".[12] BCE is a TLA (Three Letter Acronym) that may stand for: Before the Common Era, Before the Current Era, or Before the Christian Era. ... Singles from Era Vulgaris Released: 2007-05-08 Released: 2007-06-04 Released: Unknown Era Vulgaris is the fifth full length studio album by American hard rock band Queens of the Stone Age. ... For the calendar of religious holidays and periods, see liturgical year. ... AD redirects here. ... For the political notion, see Year Zero (political notion). ... For other uses, see Latins and Latin (disambiguation). ...

The Gregorian calendar is the calendar system with most widespread usage in the world today. For decades, it has been the unofficial global standard, recognized by international institutions such as the United Nations and the Universal Postal Union. UN redirects here. ... The Universal Postal Union (UPU, French: Union postale universelle) is an international organization that coordinates postal policies between member nations, and hence the world-wide postal system. ...

The abbreviation BCE, just as with BC, always follows the year number. Unlike AD, which traditionally precedes the year number, CE always follows the year number (if context requires that it be written at all).[13] Thus, the current year is written as 2008 in both systems (or, if further clarity is needed, as 2008 CE, or as AD 2008), and the year Socrates died is represented as 399 BCE (the same year that is represented by 399 BC in the BC/AD system). The abbreviations are sometimes written with small capital letters, or with periods (e.g., "BCE" or "C.E.").[14] This page is about the Classical Greek philosopher. ... A full stop or period (sometimes stop, full point, decimal point, or dot), is the punctuation mark commonly placed at the end of several different types of sentences in English and many other languages. ...



See also: Anno Domini

The year numbering system for the Common Era was devised by a monk named Dionysius Exiguus in 525; he attempted to number years from the Incarnation of Jesus[15] "although scholars generally believe that Christ was born some years before A.D. 1."[16] Dionysius labeled the column of the Easter table in which he introduced the new era "Anni Domini Nostri Jesu Christi"[17] Numbering years in this manner became more widespread with its usage by Bede in England in 731. Bede also introduced the practice of dating years before the supposed year of birth of Jesus, and the practice of not using a year zero. In 1422, Portugal became the last Western European country to switch to the system begun by Dionysius.[18] AD redirects here. ... Dionysius Exiguus (Dennis the Little, meaning humble) (c. ... Christ en majesté, Matthias Grünewald, 16th c. ... This article is about Jesus of Nazareth. ... For other uses, see Bede (disambiguation). ... A current understanding of Western Europe. ... The Spanish era or Era of the Caesars refers to the dating system used in Hispania until the fourteenth century and the adoption of Anno Domini. ...

The term "Common Era" is traced back in English to its appearance as "Vulgar[19] Era" (from the Latin word vulgus, the common people, i.e. those who are not royalty), to distinguish it from the Regnal dating systems typically used in national law. The first use of the Latin equivalent (vulgaris aerae)[20] discovered so far was in a 1615 book by Johannes Kepler.[8] Kepler uses it again in a 1617 table of ephemerides.[21] A 1635 English edition of that book has the title page in English - so far, the earliest-found usage of Vulgar Era in English.[22] A 1701 book edited by John LeClerc includes "Before Christ according to the Vulgar Æra, 6".[23] A 1716 book in English by Dean Humphrey Prideaux says, "before the beginning of the vulgar æra, by which we now compute the years from his incarnation."[24][25] A 1796 book uses the term "vulgar era of the nativity". [26] Regnal year: the year of the reign of a sovereign. ... Kepler redirects here. ... An ephemeris (plural: ephemerides) (from the Greek word ephemeros = daily) is a device giving the positions of astronomical objects in the sky. ... Humphrey Prideaux (1648 - 1724), divine and scholar, belonged to an ancient Cornish family, was born at Padstow, and educated at Westminster School and at Oxford. ...

The first so-far-discovered usage of "Christian Era" is as the Latin phrase aerae christianae on the title page of a 1584 theology book.[27] In 1649, the Latin phrase æræ Christianæ appeared in the title of an English almanac.[28] A 1652 ephemeris is the first instance so-far-found for English usage of "Christian Era".[29]

The English phrase "common Era" appears at least as early as 1715 in a book on astronomy, used synonymously with Christian Era and Vulgar Era.[30] A 1759 history book uses common æra in a generic sense, to refer to the common era of the Jews.[31] Common era and vulgar era are used as synonyms in 1770, in a translation of a book originally written in German.[32] The 1797 edition of the Encyclopædia Britannica uses the terms vulgar era and common era synonymously.[33] In 1835, in his book Living Oracles, Alexander Campbell, wrote: "The vulgar Era, or Anno Domini; the fourth year of Jesus Christ, the first of which was but eight days",[34] and also refers to the common era as a synonym for vulgar era with "the fact that our Lord was born on the 4th year before the vulgar era, called Anno Domini, thus making (for example) the 42d year from his birth to correspond with the 38th of the common era..."[35] The Catholic Encyclopedia uses the sentence: "Foremost among these [various eras] is that which is now adopted by all civilized peoples and known as the Christian, Vulgar or Common Era, in the twentieth century of which we are now living."[18] During the 19th century, "Vulgar Era" came to be contrasted with "Christian Era", and "vulgar" came to mean "crudely indecent", thus no longer a synonym for "common". The Encyclopædia Britannica is a general English-language encyclopaedia published by Encyclopædia Britannica, Inc. ... Alexander Campbell Alexander Campbell (September 12, 1788 – March 4, 1866) was an early leader of a movement that began in 1800 with the goal of removing divisions between Christians, by returning believers in the New Testament to principles of Truth and Union. ...

The phrase "common era", in lower case, also appeared in the 19th century in a generic sense, not necessarily to refer to the Christian Era, but to any system of dates in common use throughout a civilization. Thus, "the common era of the Jews",[36][37] "the common era of the Mahometans",[38] "common era of the world", [39] "the common era of the foundation of Rome".[40] When it did refer to the Christian Era, it was sometimes qualified, e.g., "common era of the Incarnation",[41] "common era of the Nativity",[42] or "common era of the birth of Christ".[43] Minuscule, or lower case, is the smaller form (case) of letters (in the Roman alphabet: a, b, c, ...). Originally alphabets were written entirely in majuscule (capital) letters which were spaced between well-defined upper and lower bounds. ...

Some Jewish academics were already using the CE and BCE abbreviations by the mid-19th century, such as in 1856, when Rabbi and historian, Morris Jacob Raphall used the abbreviation in his book, Post-Biblical History of The Jews.[44] Morris Jacob Raphall (October 3, 1798–June 23, 1868) was a rabbi and author born at Stockholm, Sweden. ...

Other associations

An adapted translation of Common Era into Latin as Era Vulgaris was adopted in the 20th century by some followers of Aleister Crowley, and thus the abbreviation "e.v." or "EV" may sometimes be seen as a replacement for AD.[45] Aleister Crowley, born Edward Alexander Crowley, (12 October 1875 – 1 December 1947, pronounced ) was a British occultist, writer, mountaineer, philosopher, poet, and yogi. ...


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. Modern dates are understood in the Western world to be in the Gregorian calendar, but for older dates writers should specify the calendar used. Dates in the Gregorian calendar have always used the Common Era, but over the millennia a wide variety of eras have been used with the Julian calendar. The Julian calendar was a reform of the Roman calendar which was introduced by Julius Caesar in 46 BC and came into force in 45 BC (709 ab urbe condita). ... For the calendar of religious holidays and periods, see liturgical year. ... Occident redirects here. ...

Although Jews have their own Hebrew calendar, they often find it convenient to use the Gregorian Calendar as well. The reasons for some using Common Era notation are described below: The Hebrew calendar (‎) or Jewish calendar is a lunisolar calendar used by Jews for predominantly religious purposes. ...

Jews do not generally use the words "A.D." and "B.C." to refer to the years on the Gregorian calendar. "A.D." means "the year of our L-rd," and we do not believe Jesus is the L-rd. Instead, we use the abbreviations C.E. (Common or Christian Era) and B.C.E. (Before the Common Era).[46]

Indeed, Common Era notation has also been in use for Hebrew lessons for "more than a century".[47]

Some American academics in the fields of education and history have adopted CE and BCE notation, although there is some disagreement.[48] The Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society of Pennsylvania, which is the leading publishing body of the Jehovah's Witnesses, uses CE and BCE exclusively in its publications.[49] More visible uses of Common Era notation have recently surfaced at major museums in the English-speaking world: The Smithsonian Institution prefers Common Era usage, though individual museums are not required to use it.[50] Furthermore, several style guides now prefer or mandate its usage.[51] Even some style guides for Christian churches prefer its use: for example, the Episcopal Diocese Maryland Church News.[52] HIStory – Past, Present and Future, Book I is a double album by American singer Michael Jackson released in June 1995 and remains Jacksons most conflicting and controversial release. ... The Smithsonian Institution Building or Castle on the National Mall serves as the Institutions headquarters. ...

In the United States, the usage of the BCE/CE notation in textbooks is growing.[47] Some publications have moved over to using it exclusively. For example, the 2007 World Almanac was the first edition to switch over to the BCE/CE usage, ending a 138-year usage of the traditional BC/AD dating system. It is used by the College Board in its history tests,[53] by the Norton Anthology of English Literature, and by the United States Naval Observatory.[54] Others have taken a different approach. The US-based History Channel uses BCE/CE notation in articles on non-Christian religious topics such as Jerusalem and Judaism.[55] Whereas, in June 2006, the Kentucky State School Board reversed its decision that would have included the designations BCE and CE as part of state law, leaving education of students about these concepts a matter of discretion at the local level.[56][57][58] Three textbooks. ... The College Board is a not-for-profit examination board in the United States that was formed in the nineteenth century as the College Entrance Examination Board (CEEB). ... The Norton Anthology of English Literature is a well-known English Literary studies supplement for many tertiary level students. ... Aerial view of USNO. The United States Naval Observatory (USNO) is one of the oldest scientific agencies in the United States. ... The History Channel is a cable television channel, dedicated to the presentation of historical events and persons, often with frequent observations and explanations by noted historians as well as reenactors and witnesses to events, if possible. ... The city of Jerusalem, located in modern-day Israel, is significant in a number of religious traditions, including the Abrahamic religions Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. ...

In some formerly Communist, predominantly Christian societies, the designation New Era (or Our Era) was encouraged by Communist authorities to replace BC and AD. In Bulgaria, for example, пр.н.е. (преди новата ера, before the new era, or преди нашата ера, before our era) and н.е. (от новата ера, of the new era, or от нашата ера, of our era) are still widely used by atheists/agnostics instead of traditional пр.Хр. (преди Христа, BC) and сл.Хр. (след Христа, after Christ), which were unofficially reinstituted after the Communist period.[citation needed] Chinese use the term "Common Era (公元)." This article is about the form of society and political movement. ... A Chinese era name (traditional Chinese: ; simplified Chinese: ; pinyin: ) is the era name, reign period, or regnal title used when traditionally numbering years in an emperors reign and naming certain Chinese rulers (see the conventions). ...

Arguments for and against usage of CE/BCE notation

A range of arguments have been presented both for and against the use of CE and BCE in place of AD and BC.


Supporters of Common Era notation promote it as a religiously neutral notation suited for cross-cultural communication due to compatibility with religious toleration and religious pluralism. For the Religioustolerance. ... This article is about religious pluralism. ...

Arguments for using the Common Era designation include:

  • Use of BCE and CE shows sensitivity to those who agree to use the same calendar, but are not Christian.[59]
  • AD and BC have not lost their religious significance. Many of those arguing to retain the BC/AD abbreviations are doing so for explicit religious reasons. For example, the Southern Baptist Convention resolved, in 2000, to retain the traditional abbreviations as "a reminder of the preeminence of Christ and His gospel in world history."[60]
  • The label Anno Domini is almost certainly inaccurate; "scholars generally believe that Christ was born some years before A.D. 1, the historical evidence is too sketchy to allow a definitive dating."[61]
  • It is simple to change from BC/AD to BCE/CE notation, since the years are numbered identically in both (e.g., 33 BC becomes 33 BCE), Documents with years that do not have AD designation do not need to be changed at all (e.g., 1066 remains 1066 in AD and in CE systems).
  • Both BCE and CE are used as suffixes, unlike BC/AD where BC is used as a suffix and AD is used as a prefix or suffix. This can be beneficial for computer usage.[62]
  • "[T]he Christian calendar no longer belongs exclusively to Christians. People of all faiths have taken to using it simply as a matter of convenience. There is so much interaction between people of different faiths and cultures - different civilizations, if you like - that some shared way of reckoning time is a necessity. And so the Christian Era has become the Common Era."[63]

Topics in Christianity Movements · Denominations Ecumenism · Relation to other religions Preaching · Prayer Music · Liturgy · Calendar Symbols · Art · Criticism Christianity Portal This box:      Christianity is a monotheistic[1] religion centered on the life and teachings of Jesus of Nazareth as presented in the New Testament. ...


Efforts to replace AD/BC notation with CE/BCE notation have given rise to opposition.

Opposition arguments favoring AD/BC include:

  • The year-numbering system most widely used in the world is the one based on the supposed year of the Incarnation of Jesus, and removal of all reference to him in the era notation for that system is perceived by some Christians as offensive.[64]
  • The alteration of BC/AD to BCE/CE partially effaces an important contribution of Christianity to Western civilization.[65][66][Quotation needed from source]
  • It is inconsistent to remove this religious reference and not remove other religiously-derived words such as the day names or month names derived originally from various pagan deities, such as January = Janus' month, Wednesday = Woden's day (or Odin's Day), Thursday = Thor's day, Friday = Freya's day.[59]

Other arguments opposing the use of CE/BCE include: Janus may refer to: Janus (mythology), the two-faced god of gates, doors, doorways, beginnings, and endings in Roman mythology Janus (moon), a moon of Saturn Janus Patera, a shallow volcanic crater on Io, a moon of Jupiter Janus (simulation), a military combat simulation first developed in the late 1970s... This is the article about the belief in Odin among West Germanic peoples, for other uses see Woden (disambiguation), Wotan (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Thor (disambiguation). ... Freya, in an illustration to Wagners operas by Arthur Rackham. ...

  • The BCE/CE promotion distracts from the adoption of the system already used by astronomers, i.e. 0 for 1 BC, -1 for 2 BC, etc., which does resolve this problem and does not use any of the contentious acronyms.[67]
  • Kenneth G. Wilson remarks, "If we do end by casting aside the A.D./B.C. convention, almost certainly some will argue that we ought to cast aside as well the conventional numbering system itself, given its Christian basis."[68]
  • The substitution of BC/AD to BCE/CE is merely a euphemism that conceals the political implications.[69][70]
  • The use of identifiers which have common spellings is more ambiguous than the use of identifiers with divergent spellings. Both C.E. and B.C.E. have in common the letters "C.E.", which is more likely to cause confusion than identifiers with clearly different spelling.[59]
  • There is also the problem that some regard CE to have begun with the Crucifixion of Jesus around the year 30.[71]

A euphemism is the substitution of an agreeable or less offensive expression in place of one that may offend or suggest something unpleasant to the listener;[1] or in the case of doublespeak, to make it less troublesome for the speaker. ... For other uses, see Crucifixion (disambiguation). ...

See also

Calendar reform is any proposed reform of a calendar. ... Before Present (BP) years are the units of time (counted backwards to the past) used to report raw radiocarbon ages and dates referenced to the BP scale origin in the year AD 1950 (identical to 1950 CE). ...

Notes and references

  1. ^ BBC Team (2005-02-08). History of Judaism 63BCE-1086CE. BBC Religion & Ethics. British Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved on 2007-09-08. “Year 1: CE – What is nowadays called the 'Current Era' traditionally begins with the birth of a Jewish teacher called Jesus. His followers came to believe he was the promised Messiah and later split away from Judaism to found Christianity”
  2. ^ wiseGEEK (2007). What is the Difference Between the Western, Islamic, and Jewish calendars?. Retrieved on 2007-09-07.
  3. ^ Dictionaries: Common Era
    • "Common Era". Collins Dictionary of the English Language. (1980). London & Glasgow: Collins. ISBN 0 00 433080-3. “Com+mon E·ra n. another name for Christian Era.” 
    • "Common Era". Dictionary.com The American Heritage® Science Dictionary. (© 2002). Houghton Mifflin. Retrieved on 2007-09-09. “Common Era – The period beginning with the year traditionally thought to have been birth of Jesus.”
    • "Common Era". Merriam Webster Online Dictionary. (2003). Merriam-Webster. Retrieved on 2007-12-13. “Main Entry: Common Era – Function: noun – Date: 1846 – : christian era” 
    • "Common Era". Dictionary.com The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition. (2004). Houghton Mifflin. Retrieved on 2007-09-09. “Com·mon Era – n. Abbr. C.E. – The period coinciding with the Christian era.”
    • "Common Era". Dictionary.com Dictionary.com Unabridged (v 1.1). (© 2006). Random House. Retrieved on 2007-09-09. “Common Era – –noun Christian Era.”
    • "common era". Dictionary.com WordNet® 3.0. (© 2006). Princeton University. Retrieved on 2007-09-09. “common era – adverb – 1. of the period coinciding with the Christian era; preferred by some writers who are not Christians; 'in 200 CE' [syn: CE] — noun – 1. the time period beginning with the supposed year of Christ's birth [syn: Christian era]”
  4. ^ Dictionaries: CE
    • "CE". Dictionary.com The American Heritage® Science Dictionary. (© 2002). Houghton Mifflin. Retrieved on 2007-09-09. “CE – Abbreviation for Common Era.”
    • "CE". Merriam Webster Online Dictionary. (2003). Merriam-Webster. Retrieved on 2007-12-13. “Main Entry: CE – Function: abbreviation – 3 Christian Era —often punctuated; Common Era —often punctuated” 
    • "C.E.". Collins Dictionary of the English Language. (1980). London & Glasgow: Collins. ISBN 0 00 433080-3. “C.E. 5. Common Era.” 
    • "C.E.". Dictionary.com American Heritage Abbreviations Dictionary, Third Edition. (© 2005). Houghton Mifflin. Retrieved on 2007-09-09. “C.E. – 4. Common Era”
    • "C.E.". Dictionary.com Dictionary.com Unabridged (v 1.1). (© 2006). Random House. Retrieved on 2007-09-09. “C.E. – 5. common era.”
    • "ce""c.e.". Dictionary.com WordNet® 3.0. (© 2006). Princeton University. Retrieved on 2007-09-09. “ce, c.e. – adverb – 1. of the period coinciding with the Christian era; preferred by some writers who are not Christians; 'in 200 CE' [syn: CE]” – WP editorial note: the source does not mention any suffix like "[syn: CE]" for entry "ce" as shown for entry "c.e.".
  5. ^ Dictionaries: BCE
    • "BCE". Dictionary.com The American Heritage® Science Dictionary. (© 2002). Houghton Mifflin. Retrieved on 2007-09-11. “BCE – Abbreviation for before the Common Era.”
    • "BCE". Merriam Webster Online Dictionary. (2003). Merriam-Webster. Retrieved on 2007-09-09. “Main Entry: BCE – Function: abbreviation – 3 before the Christian Era —often punctuated; before the Common Era —often punctuated” 
    • "B.C.E.". Collins Dictionary of the English Language. (1980). London & Glasgow: Collins. ISBN 0 00 433080-3. “B.C.E. abbrev. for Before Common Era (used, esp. by non-Christians, in numbering years B.C.” 
    • "B.C.E.". Dictionary.com American Heritage Abbreviations Dictionary, Third Edition. (© 2005). Houghton Mifflin. Retrieved on 2007-09-11. “B.C.E. – Before the Common Era”
    • "B.C.E.". Dictionary.com The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition. (2005). Houghton Mifflin. Retrieved on 2007-09-11. “B.C.E. – An abbreviation sometimes used in place of b.c. It means 'before the Common Era.' – [Chapter:] Conventions of Written English
    • "B.C.E.". Dictionary.com Dictionary.com Unabridged (v 1.1). (© 2006). Random House. Retrieved on 2007-09-11. “B.C.E. – 4. before (the) Common (or Christian) Era.”
    • "bce""b.c.e.". Dictionary.com WordNet® 3.0. (© 2006). Princeton University. Retrieved on 2007-09-11. “bce, b.c.e. – adverb – of the period before the Common Era; preferred by some writers who are not Christians; "in 200 BCE" [syn: BCE]” – WP editorial note: the source does not mention any suffix like "[syn: BCE]" for entry "bce" as shown for entry "b.c.e.".
  6. ^ Two separate systems that also do not use religious titles, the astronomical system and the ISO 8601 standard do use a year zero. The year 1 BCE (identical to the year 1 BC) is represented as 0 in the astronomical system, and as 0000 in ISO 8601.
  7. ^ Anno Domini (which means in the year of the/our Lord) "Anno Domini". Merriam Webster Online Dictionary. (2003). Merriam-Webster. Retrieved on 2008-02-04. “Etymology: Medieval Latin, in the year of the Lord”  Translated as "in the year of (Our) Lord" in Blackburn, B & Holford-Strevens, L, (2003), The Oxford Companion to the Year, Oxford University Press, 782.
  8. ^ a b Earliest-found use of "vulgaris aerae" (Latin for Common Era) (1615). Retrieved on 2008-01-12. Johannes Kepler (1615). Joannis Keppleri Eclogae chronicae : ex epistolis doctissimorum aliquot virorum & suis mutuis, quibus examinantur tempora nobilissima: 1. Herodis Herodiadumque, 2. baptismi & ministerii Christi annorum non plus 2 1/4, 3. passionis, mortis et resurrectionis Dn. N. Iesu Christi, anno aerae nostrae vulgaris 31. non, ut vulgo 33., 4. belli Iudaici, quo funerata fuit cum Ierosolymis & Templo Synagoga Iudaica, sublatumque Vetus Testamentum. Inter alia & commentarius in locum Epiphanii obscurissimum de cyclo veteri Iudaeorum. (in Latin). Francofurti : Tampach. “anno aerae nostrae vulgaris” 
  9. ^ History of the World Christian Movement. Retrieved on 2008-01-11. Irvin, Dale T.; Sunquist, Scott (2001). History of the World Christian Movement. Continuum International Publishing Group, page xi. ISBN 0567088669. “The influence of western culture and scholarship upon the rest of the world in turn led to this system of dating becoming the most widely used one across the globe today. Many scholars in historical and religious studies in the West in recent years have sought to lessen the explicitly Christian meaning of this system without abandoning the usefulness of a single, common, global form of dating. For this reason the terms common era and before the common era, abbreviated as CE and BCE, have grown in popularity as designations. The terms are meant, in deference to non-Christians, to soften the explicit theological claims made by the older Latin terminology, while at the same time providing continuity with earlier generations of mostly western Christian historical research.” 
  10. ^ Get Set for Religious Studies. Retrieved on 2008-01-11. Corrywright, Dominic; Morgan, Peggy (2006). Get Set for Religious Studies. Edinburgh University Press, p 18. ISBN 074862032X. “Also note where AD (from the Latin 'in the year of our Lord') and BC (before Christ) are used in datings, for although the numerical calculation of this system is now the international convention, the terminology used in religious studies is CE (common era) and BCE (before the common era), which are more neutrally descriptive terms” 
  11. ^ Andrew Herrmann. "BCE date designation called more sensitive", Chicago Sun-Times, 2006-05-27. Retrieved on 2007-06-15. "Herrmann observes, "The changes — showing up at museums, in academic circles and in school textbooks — have been touted as more sensitive to people of faiths outside of Christianity." However, Herrmann notes, "The use of BCE and CE have rankled some Christians" .
  12. ^ Southern Baptist Convention 2000, Resolution 9
  13. ^ Wilson, Kenneth G. (1993). The Columbia Guide to Standard American English – A.D., B.C., (A.)C.E., B.C.E.. Retrieved on 2007-06-16.
  14. ^ Major Rule Changes in The Chicago Manual of Style, Fifteenth Edition. University of Chicago Press (15th ed.: 2003). Retrieved on 2007-09-12. “Certain abbreviations traditionally set in small caps are now in full caps (AD, BCE, and the like), with small caps an option.”
  15. ^ Pedersen, O., (1983), "The Eccleesiastical Calendar and the Life of the Church" in Coyne, G.V. et al. (Eds.) The Gregorian Reform of the Calendar, Vatican Observatory, p. 50.
  16. ^ Doggett, L.E., (1992), "Calendars" in Seidelmann, P.K., The Explanatory Supplement to the Astronomical Almanac, Sausalito CA: University Science Books, p. 579.
  17. ^ Pedersen, O., (1983), "The Eccleesiastical Calendar and the Life of the Church" in Coyne, G.V. et al. (Eds.) http://articles.adsabs.harvard.edu//full/book/grc../1983//0000052.000.html The Gregorian Reform of the Calendar], Vatican Observatory, p. 52.
  18. ^ a b New Advent Catholic Encyclopedia (1908). General Chronology Vol III. Robert Appleton Company, New York. Retrieved on 2007-12-12.
  19. ^ It is relatively recently the the word vulgar has come to mean "crudely indecent"
  20. ^ In Latin, Common Era is written as Vulgaris Aerae. It also occasionally appears as æræ vulgaris, aerae vulgaris, aeram vulgarem, anni vulgaris, vulgaris aerae Christianae, and anni vulgatae nostrae aerae Christianas.
  21. ^ Second use of "vulgaris aerae" (Latin for Common Era) (1617). Retrieved on 2008-01-12. Johannes Kepler, Jakob Bartsch (1617). Ephemerides novae motuum coelestium, ab anno vulgaris aerae MDCXVII[-XXXVI].... Johannes Plancus. “Part 3 has title: Tomi L Ephemeridvm Ioannis Kepleri pars tertia, complexa annos à M.DC.XXIX. in M.DC.XXXVI. In quibus & tabb. Rudolphi jam perfectis, et sociâ operâ clariss. viri dn. Iacobi Bartschii ... Impressa Sagani Silesiorvm, in typographeio Ducali, svmptibvs avthoris, anno M.DC.XXX.” 
    • Translation of title (per 1635 English edition): New Ephemerids for the Celestiall Motions, for the Yeeres of the Vulgar Era 1617-1636
  22. ^ Earliest so-far-found use of vulgar era in English (1635). Retrieved on 2007-12-18. Johann Kepler, Adriaan Vlacq. Ephemerides of the Celestiall Motions, for the Yeers of the Vulgar Era 1633.... 
  23. ^ vulgar era in English (1701). Retrieved on 2007-12-14. (1701) in John LeClerc: The Harmony of the Evangelists. London: Sam Buckley, p 5. “Before Christ according to the Vulgar AEra, 6” 
  24. ^ Prideaux use of "Vulgar Era" (1716) (1799 reprint). Retrieved on 2007-12-14. Humphrey Prideaux, D.D. (1716). The Old and New Testament Connected in the History of the Jews and Neighbouring Nations. Edinburgh: D. Schaw & Co., p 1 Vol 1. “This happened in the seventh year after the building of Rome, and in the second year of the eighth Olympiad, which was the seven hundred forty-seventh year before Christ, i. e. before the beginning of the vulgar æra, by which we now compute the years from his incarnation.” 
  25. ^ Merriam Webster accepts the date of 1716, but does not give the source. Merriam Webster Online entry for Vulgar Era. Retrieved on 2007-12-12.
  26. ^ "vulgar era of the nativity" (1796). Retrieved on 2007-12-18. Rev. Robert Walker, Isaac Newton, Thomas Falconer. Analysis of Researches Into the Origin and Progress of Historical Time, from the Creation to .... London: T. Cadell Jr. and W. Davies, p10. “Dionysius the Little brought the vulgar era of the nativity too low by four years.” 
  27. ^ 1584 Latin use of aerae christianae. Retrieved on 2008-01-13. GRYNAEUS, Johann Jacob; BEUMLER, Marcus (1584). De Eucharistica controuersia, capita doctrinae theologicae de quibus mandatu, illustrissimi principis ac domini, D. Iohannis Casimiri, Comites Palatini ad Rhenum, Ducis Bauariae, tutoris & administratoris Electoralis Palatinatus, octonis publicis disputationibus (quarum prima est habita 4 Apr. anno aerae christianae 1584, Marco Beumlero respondente) praeses Iohannes Iacobus Grynaeus, orthodoxae fidei rationem interrogantibus placidè reddidit ; accessit eiusdem Iohannis Iacobi Grynaeus synopsis orationis, quam de disputationis euentu, congressione nona, quae indicit in 15 Aprilis, publicè habuit., Editio tertia (in Latin), Heidelbergae: Typis Iacobi Mylij. OCLC 123471534. “4 Apr. anno aerae christianae 1584” 
  28. ^ 1649 use of æræ Christianæ in English book - 1st usage found in English. Retrieved on 2008-01-13. WING, Vincent (1649). Speculum uranicum, anni æræ Christianæ, 1649, or, An almanack and prognosication for the year of our Lord, 1649 being the first from bissextile or leap-year, and from the creation of the world 5598, wherein is contained many useful, pleasant and necessary observations, and predictions ... : calculated (according to art) for the meridian and latitude of the ancient borrough town of Stamford in Lincolnshire ... and without sensible errour may serve the 3. kingdoms of England, Scotland, and Ireland.. London: J.L. for the Company of Stationers. “anni æræ Christianæ, 1649” 
  29. ^ first appearance of "Christian Era" in English (1652). Retrieved on 2007-12-19. Sliter, Robert (1652). A celestiall glasse, or, Ephemeris for the year of the Christian era 1652 being the bissextile or leap-year : contayning the lunations, planetary motions, configurations & ecclipses for this present year ... : with many other things very delightfull and necessary for most sorts of men : calculated exactly and composed for ... Rochester. London: Printed for the Company of Stationers. 
  30. ^ first so-far-found use of common era in English (1715) p252. Retrieved on 2008-01-05. “Some say the World was created 3950 Years before the common Æra of Christ” Gregory, David; John Nicholson, John Morphew (1715). The Elements of Astronomy, Physical and Geometrical v. 1. London: printed for J. Nicholson, and sold by J. Morphew.  Before Christ and Christian Era appear on the same page 252, while Vulgar Era appears on page 250
  31. ^ 1759 use of common æra. Retrieved on 2008-01-12. Sale, George (1759). An Universal History: From the Earliest Accounts to the Present Time By George Sale, v 13. London: C. Bathurst [etc.], v 13, p 130. “at which time they fixed that for their common era”  In this case, their refers to the Jews.
  32. ^ common era and vulgar era as synonyms in English (1770). Retrieved on 2008-01-05. Hooper, William; Bielfeld, Jacob Friedrich (1770). The Elements of Universal Eurdition (v. 2). London: G. Scott, printer, for J Robson, bookseller in New-Bond Street, and B. Law in Ave-Mary Lane, p 105, 63. “in the year of the world 3692, and 312 years before the vulgar era.... The Spanish era began with the year of the world 3966, and 38 years before the common era (p63)” 
  33. ^ "vulgar era" in 1797 EB p 228 v.14 pt.1 P (Peter) (1797). Retrieved on 2007-12-14. “St Peter died in the 66th year of the vulgar era”
    "common era" in 1797 EB p 50 v.14 pt.1 P (Paul) (1797). Retrieved on 2007-12-14. “This happened in the 33rd year of the common era, fome time after our Saviour's death.”
    Encyclopædia Britannica: Or, A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, and Miscellaneous Literature (Third Edition in 18 volumes). (1797). Ed. George Gleig. v.14 pt.1 P. 
  34. ^ Alexander Campbell (1835). The Living Oracles, Fourth Edition, pp 16-20. Retrieved on 2007-12-12. 
  35. ^ Alexander Campbell (1835). The Living Oracles, Fourth Edition, pp 15-16. Retrieved on 2007-12-12. 
  36. ^ "common era of the Jews" (1874). Retrieved on 2007-12-12. “the common era of the Jews places the creation in BC 3760” (1874) in A. Whitelaw: Conversations Lexicon V. Oxford University Press, Volume V p 207. 
  37. ^ "common era of the Jews" (1858). Retrieved on 2007-12-13. “Hence the present year, 1858, in the common era of the Jews, is AM 5618-5619, a difference of more than 200 years from our commonly-received chronology.” Rev. Bourchier Wrey Savile, MA (1858). The first and second Advent: or, The past and the future with reference to the Jew, the Gentile, and the Church of God. London: Wertheim, Macintosh and Hunt, p 176. 
  38. ^ "common era of the Mahometans" (1856). Retrieved on 2007-12-13. “Its epoch is the first of March old style. The common era of the Mahometans, as has already been stated, is that of the flight of Mahomet.” Johannes von Gumpach (1856). Practical tables for the reduction of Mahometan dates to the Christian calendar. Oxford University, p 4. 
  39. ^ "common era of the world" (1801). Retrieved on 2007-12-14. William Jones (1801). The Theological, Philosophical and Miscellaneous Works of the Rev. William Jones. London: Rivington. 
  40. ^ "common era of the foundation of Rome" (1854). Retrieved on 2007-12-13. Alexander Fraser Tytler, Lord Woodhouselee (1854). Universal History: From the Creation of the World to the Beginning of the Eighteenth Century. Boston: Fetridge and Company, p 284. 
  41. ^ "common era of the Incarnation" (1833). Retrieved on 2007-12-13. (1833) The Encyclopaedia Britannica: A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, and General Literature, 9 V, New York: Henry G. Allen and Company, 9th edition, Vol V, p711. 
  42. ^ "common era" "of the Nativity" (1864). Retrieved on 2007-12-13. “It should be observed, however, that these years correspond to 492 and 493, a portion of the annals of Ulster being counted from the Incarnation, and being, therefore, one year before the common era of the Nativity of our Lord.” James Henthorn Todd (1864). St. Patrick, Apostle of Ireland, A Memoir of his Life and Mission. Dublin: Hodges, Smith & Co, Publishers to the University, pp 495, 496, 497. 
  43. ^ "common era of the birth of Christ" (1812). Retrieved on 2007-12-14. Heneage Elsley (1812). Annotations on the Four Gospels and the Acts of the Apostles (2nd edition), 2nd, London: A. J. Valpy for T. Payne, p xvi. 
  44. ^ The term common era does not appear in this book; the term Christian era [lowercase] does appear a number of times. Nowhere in the book is the abbreviation explained or expanded directly. Search for era in this book..
  45. ^ What is Thelema?. Retrieved on 2007-12-07.
  46. ^ Jewish Calendar: Numbering of Jewish Years. Jewish Virtual Library. Retrieved on 2007-09-02.
  47. ^ a b Michael Gormley. "Use of B.C. and A.D. faces changing times", Houston Chronicle, 24 April 2005, p. A–13. Retrieved on 2007-08-30.  (Registration required.)
  48. ^ See, for example, the Society for Historical Archaeology states in its more recent style guide "Do not use C.E. (current era) ... or B.C.E.; convert these expressions to A.D. and B.C." Society for Historical Archaeology (December 2006). Style Guide. Retrieved on 2007-08-29.. Whereas the American Anthropological Association style guide American Anthropological Society (January 2003). AAA Style Guide (PDF). Retrieved on 2006-09-09. takes a different approach.
  49. ^ [1] [2] Also see, for example, comment "In this publication, instead of the traditional 'AD' and 'BC', the more accurate 'CE' (Common Era) and 'BCE' (before the Common Era) are used." in The Bible — God's Word or Man's?, p. 16 footnote, published by the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society of New York, Inc.
  50. ^ Smithsonian Institute. World History Standards. Smithsonian Education. Retrieved on 2006-09-09.
  51. ^ "Submission Guidelines for The Ostracon" . The Ostracon — Journal of the Egyptian Studies Society. Retrieved on 2006-09-09. “For dates, please use the now-standard "BCE-CE" notation, rather than "BC-AD." Authors with strong religious preferences may use "BC-AD," however.” 
    - "Contributer Guidelines" . The Pomegranate: The International Journal of Pagan Studies. Retrieved on 2007-08-10. “All dates should be in the format BCE/CE, unless in quoted material.” 
    - "Author Guidelines" . American Journal of Philology. Retrieved on 2007-08-10. “Eras and dates. The journal prefers B.C.E., C.E., 12 December 1999.” 
    - Manuscript Submission Guidelines. Retrieved on 2007-08-10. “we prefer BCE, CE”
    - "Style Guide" (DOC) . Canadian Journal of Cultural Studies. Retrieved on 2007-08-10. “Please use BCE (Before Current Era) and CE (Current Era) rather than B.C. and A.D.” 
  52. ^ Maryland Church News Submission Guide & Style Manual (PDF). Maryland Church News (2005-04-01). Retrieved on 2006-09-09.
  53. ^ AP: World History. Retrieved on 2006-09-09.
  54. ^ Introduction to Calendars. U. S. Naval Observatory Astronomical Applications Department (2004-10-15). Retrieved on 2006-09-09.
  55. ^ Jerusalem Timeline. History Channel. Retrieved on 2006-09-09.;Jerusalem: Biographies. History Channel. Retrieved on 2006-09-09.
  56. ^ State School Board reverses itself on B.C./A.D. controversy. Family Foundation of Kentucky. Retrieved on 2006-10-04.
  57. ^ Joe Biesk (2006-06-15). School board keeps traditional historic designations. Louisville Courier-Journal. Retrieved on 2007-12-13.
  58. ^ Kentucky Board of Education Report (PDF). Kentucky Board of Education Report (2006-07-10). Retrieved on 2007-12-13.
  59. ^ a b c Controversy over use of "CE" and "BCE" to identify dates in history. ReligiousTolerance.com. Retrieved on 2007-12-13.
  60. ^ Southern Baptist Convention 2000, Resolution 9
  61. ^ Doggett, L. (1992). "Calendars", in P. Kenneth Seidelmann: Explanatory Supplement to the Astronomical Almanac. Sausalito, CA: University Science Books, 579. ISBN 0-935702-68-7. 
  62. ^ Fred Espenak. Year dating conventions. NASA. Retrieved on 2008-02-25.
  63. ^ Annan, Kofi A., (then Secretary-General of the United Nations) (1999-06-28). Common values for a common era: Even as we cherish our diversity, we need to discover our shared values. Civilization: The Magazine of the Library of Congress. Retrieved on 2007-12-21.
  64. ^ Whitney, Susan. "Altering history? Changes have some asking 'Before what?'", The Deseret News, 2006-12-02. Retrieved on 2007-12-13. "I find this attempt to restructure history offensive," Lori Weintz wrote, in a letter to National Geographic publishers.... The forward to your book says B.C. and A.D. were removed so as to 'not impose the standards of one culture on others.'... It's 2006 this year for anyone on Earth that is participating in day-to-day world commerce and communication. Two thousand six years since what? Most people know, regardless of their belief system, and aren't offended by a historical fact." 
  65. ^ "BRAVE NEW SCHOOLS; Kentucky goes P.C. on B.C., A.D.; State board recommends textbooks include secular dating abbreviations", World Daily News, 2006-04-18. Retrieved on 2007-12-13. "Martin Cothran, senior policy analyst with the Family Foundation of Kentucky, opposes the recommendation. "Not only will this lead to confusion on the part of the students, but this is a not-so-subtle way of hiding the substantial influence of religion in the history of Western civilization."" 
  66. ^ Rodriguez, Nancy C. and Peter Smith, "Ky. school board to look at replacing A.D., B.C. in dates", The Courier-Journal, April 11, 2006[Quotation needed from source]
  67. ^ History Today, June 1999, p. 60, Darian Hiles, letter: "Of Dates and Decimals"
  68. ^ Kenneth G. Wilson (1993). The Columbia Guide to Standard American English. Retrieved on 2007-12-13. “Most conservatives still prefer A.D. and B.C. Best advice: don’t use B.C.E., C.E., or A.C.E. to replace B.C. and A.D. without translating the new terms for the very large number of readers who will not understand them. Note too that if we do end by casting aside the A.D./B.C. convention, almost certainly some will argue that we ought to cast aside as well the conventional numbering system itself, given its Christian basis.”
  69. ^ Investigating Culture: An Experiential Introduction to Anthropology. Retrieved on 2007-12-19. Carol Lowery Delaney (2004). Investigating Culture: An Experiential Introduction to Anthropology. Blackwell Publishing, p 86. ISBN 0631222375. “I find CE a euphemism because the common era still begins with Christ's birth and,thus, conceals the political implications.” 
  70. ^ Abraham on Trial: The Social Legacy of Biblical Myth.Carol Lowery Delaney (1998). Abraham on Trial: The Social Legacy of Biblical Myth. Princeton University Press, p 267. ISBN 0691070504. 
  71. ^ Hywel Williams (2006). Days That Changed the World: The Moments That Changed History. Quercus, p 13. ISBN 1905204760. “"Good Friday c. 30 AD… The start of the Christian Era"” 
Amino acid dating is a technique used to estimate age in a wide variety of situations. ... The molecular clock (based on the molecular clock hypothesis (MCH)) is a technique in genetics, which researchers use to date when two species diverged. ... Generally a chronicle (Latin chronica, from Greek Χρόνος) is historical account of facts and events in chronological order. ... The New Chronology of Anatoly Timofeevich Fomenko is an attempt to rewrite world chronology, based on his conclusion that world chronology as we know it today is fundamentally flawed. ... Periodization is the attempt to categorize or divide time into discrete named blocks. ... A Synchronoptic view is a graphic display of a number of entities as they proceed through time. ... For other uses, see Timeline (disambiguation). ... For the political notion, see Year Zero (political notion). ... Look up Circa on Wiktionary, the free dictionary The Latin word circa, literally meaning about, is often used to describe various dates (often birth and death dates) that are uncertain. ... Floruit (or fl. ...

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