I was just reading in one of my textbooks and came across the abbreviation ‘B.C.E.’, which stands for “before the common era.” Growing up with using ‘B.C.’ instead, I was wondering if they marked different periods of time. They don’t. It is a growing trend to use “before the common era” instead of “before Christ.”
It is possible that my understanding and projection of empathy is limited, but I think this is silly. The shift is taking place because our civilizations are global, and not all people are Christian. Okay. But, even if a person denies that Christ was the Son of God, no one denies he existed and that he had a profound impact on the course of history throughout the globe. And because B.C.E refers to the same time, why does it matter? Even if you say B.C.E instead of B.C. you are still referring to the birth of Christ, because that is the marking point no matter the name. So why bother changing?
I’m not harping on something I find extremely offensive. I just think it is silly. It’s kind of like replacing the word “race” with “ethnicity.” It might sound more politically correct or whatever it is you are searching for, but it means the same thing.
Just some thoughts, I suppose.