Dating of the common era

CE/BCE is becoming an industry standard among historians.Pupils have to be able to recognise these terms when they come across them.” So should we BC or BCE?

Further, it is claimed that BCE/CE makes no sense because it refers to exactly the same event as BC/AD.As the Telegraph’s Christopher Booker noted: “The trouble with this politically-correct effort to spare offence to Muslims, Jews, atheists or other non-Christians from the use of a dating system tied to Jesus, is that it prompts any child to ask ‘So what is this Common Era based on?’, and brings up the very point it seeks to avoid.” Controversy is raging in Australia over changing the national curriculum to reflect the new BCE orthodoxy. It is a centuries-old argument that some maintain is integral to one’s identity as a Christian. And I have spent far too much time on Wikipedia changing BCs and ADs back to BCEs and CEs.

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