Happy New Year: Australia to ban BC and AD as reference point for dates in history books – EUT

Dionysius ExiguusThe Common Era was originally introduced [by Dionysius Exiguus to date Easter] in the Sixth Century and appeared in English as early 1708. – EUT

Australia is to remove the birth of Jesus as a reference point for dates in school history books.

Under the new politically correct curriculum, the terms BC (Before Christ) and AD (Anno Domini) will be replaced with BCE (Before Common Era) and CE (Common Era).

The Archbishop of Sydney, Peter Jensen, yesterday condemned the move as an ‘intellectually absurd attempt to write Christ out of human history’.

He described the phrase “common era” as “meaningless”, and compared it to using “festive season” instead of Christmas.

The changes, introduced by the government, were supposed to be pushed through next year, but have been delayed by the row.

The terms CE and BCE have been popularised in academic and scientific publications.

Although historical dates won’t change, with Christ’s birth remaining as the change point, the Australian Curriculum Assessment and Reporting Authority ruled that teachers will use the terms BCE (Before Common Era), which will replace BC, and CE (Common Era), which replaces AD, instead.

Opposition education spokesman Christopher Pyne, of Australia’s Liberal National Party, also criticised the government changes, which were supposed to be pushed through next year but have been delayed because of the row.

“Australia is what it is today because of the foundations of our nation in the Judeo-Christian heritage that we inherited from Western civilization,” he said.

‘Kowtowing to political correctness by the embarrassing removal of AD and BC in our national curriculum is of a piece with the fundamental flaw of trying to deny who we are as a people,’ he added.

The Common Era was originally introduced [by Dionysius Exiguus to date Easter] in the Sixth Century and appeared in English as early 1708.

Its use can traced back to the Latin term vulgaris aerae and the English Vulgar Era.

Use of the CE abbreviation was introduced by Jewish academics in the mid-19th century.

The terms CE and BCE became popular in academic and scientific publications in the late 20th century.

They were used by publishers to emphasise secularism or sensitivity to non-Christians, but both still use the Gregorian calendar and the year-numbering system revolving around BC and AD.

The Gregorian calendar—the most widely used in the world—is based on the traditionally reckoned year of the birth of Jesus, with AD counting the years afterwards and BC denoting the years before.

The term Anno Domini is Medieval Latin translated as “In the year of Our Lord.” – The European Union Times, Europe, Sept. 5. 2011

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3 Responses

  1. Thank you. This controversy on Jesus birth and a reference to the popular Gregorian Calender is going on for sometime and I am aware of Christopher Hitchens but had not seen his face.

    However it is interesting that in times of the birth of Jesus, I believe, there must not have been any methods of record keeping in any society. Hindus used to make a horoscopic record but that was never perpetuated and used to die with that person.

    As far as my information goes, thus we still don’t know the exact date of birth of Jesus, even if we accept that he did exist. The scholars and historians are still discussing about a possible error of about four years, isn’t it correct? This legitimately puts it under confusion and unappealing to non christians and rightly so. Thus it is societally and politically becomes relevant to correct this mythical adoption in the greater interests.

    With this I wish all your readers and inclusive of you, a very very happy New Year 2012. I hope it brings an end to all the controversial legacies of past year. God bless

    • There is no birth of Jesus so we can just put that idea behind us. The whole story is a fiction. Christians after the 4th century had to make Jesus equal to Apollo the Sun God and they simply adopted the Roman Saturnalia festival as his birth date. In fact modern New Year’s partying still closely resembles the Saturnalia festival which fell in the winter solstice period. A number of fundamentalist Christian sects do not celebrate Christmas as the date of Jesus’s alleged birth is not known.

      Easter the most important of Christian festivals was taken over from the Anglo-Saxon Pagan Goddess Eostre as there is in fact no known date for the Crucifixtion

      Christianity is a parasitical religion with nothing original to call its own. It simply took over the Greek and Roman religious festivals and turned the Pagan Gods into Christian saints.

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