BCE/CE seems like a hypercorrection to me., but a few years earlier (i.e., in the somewhat ironic 3–4 B. While Christians make up a very large chunk of the world's population, they are no where near the majority.
Most organizations and political entities, for the sake of convenience, have adopted the Western calendar, but "Anno Domini"/"Before Christ" are meaningless terms.
But moreover, there is only one letter of difference between the two terms, whereas with BC and AD, the terms are clearly different and I find it easier to distinguish! BCE/CE usually refers to the Common Era (the years are the same as AD/BC).
Vomitworthy political correctness which results in the worst of all worlds - the dates are still based around the supposed birth of Christ, but the two acronyms BCE/CE sound far more similar to one another, having only one letter's difference, and confuse a bunch of people who were already used to the perfectly good BC/AD!
the Western one) without having to have some special knowledge about what "anno domini" means or who Christ is.
I am not a Christian, but I don't care about using Christian terminology to refer to a date based purely on a Christian myth.
Replacing it with "Common Era"/"Before Common Era" reinforces the notion of a global, common epoch starting at the height of the Roman Empire.When "Christian Era" is used, it's still clear what epoch is being referred to (i.e.When I was a kid, I was always taught to refer to years using BC (Before Christ) and AD (Anno Domini / year of our Lord). That is, BC is usually understood to mean "Before the Common Era" and CE to mean "Common Era," though it is possible to reinterpret the abbreviations as "Christian Era." The simplest reason for using BCE/CE as opposed to AD/BC is to avoid reference to Christianity and, in particular, to avoid naming Christ as Lord (BC/AD: Before Christ/In the year of our Lord).However, I somewhat regularly hear people referring to years as in the CE (Common Era) or BCE (Before the Common Era). Wikipedia, Anno Domini article: "more appropriate for interfaith dialog" - ugh, I expected as much.
@Jez, no, the dates are based around what is commonly understood to be "year 0" (not that such a year actually existed or that Christian scholars think "BC/AD" accurately reflects Jesus's birthday anyway)[email protected], I do agree the one letter's difference is a shame for readability...As far as I can tell, the idea of "Common Era" goes back at least to the 1700s use of "Vulgar Era", so it's not just political correctness.