The western-style year dating convention commonly used in many parts of the world was created by the monk Dionysius Exiguus in or about the year AD 532.The convention is based on Exiguus' determination of the year in which Jesus Christ was born. Webster's 3rd defines Common Era as `Christian Era.' Webster's II New Riverside Dictionary defines C. Only Rosten's _Joys of Yiddish_ comments on these abbreviations that they have long been popular with Jewish scholars who were uncomfortable with a christological dating system. Unfortunately I can find no information to hand on just how long this has been a common practice, or if it indeed originated with Jewish scholars. Archaeology took off as a science at the end of the Nineteenth Century and a method of dating forward and backward from a fixed date became more important. The primacy of European and American support for these efforts indicated that we would use the same basic calendar in use in Europe and America for dating, but rather than insist on the religious names for the dates, they were re-cast as Common Era and Before (the) Common Era (B. Don't non-Christians still believe in the existance of Jesus, even if they don't believe he was the Messiah?
Because BC stands for "before Christ." Christ is not a name, it's a title, which means "messiah." Jews (and others) don't hold Jesus to be the messiah, even if he did exist. Jews (and others) don't believe Jesus is a Lord, even if he did exist.
Originally, the dating used was the handy (to speakers of English) labels A. There's definately proof of his existance, so why couldn't BC & AD still be used?
On the other hand, James Mitchner has one of his protagonists in The Source stumble over the A. Nonetheless, they would not refer to BC or AD, but BCE or CE. E." have been around longer than I would have guessed.
in their lists of abbreviations, so they were not in "common" parlance as recently as the last 17 years. decision in his first chapter, referring to it as a decision to do archaeological dating in a mixed Christian/Jewish/Muslim work environment, (and uses B. However, living in a Christian world, they have had to use what is now the Gregorian calendar.
However, living in a Christian world, they have had to use what is now the Gregorian calendar.