Written by the Holy Ghost? and others

Dave Washburn dwashbur at nyx.net
Mon Feb 19 17:56:16 EST 2001

This whole topic of BC/BCE etc makes me wonder if we can find 
anything stupider to argue about.

> Ian wrote:-
> >(Do you still use terms such as spokesman or
> >chairman -- when dealing with women?) 
> Rather off topic, but the answer is yes. These are the correct
> terms to use, and I use them. I can remember Barbara Stewart introducing
> herself in this manner -- ``Good evening ladies and gentleman, I'm Barbara
> Stewart, Chairman of the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra...'' all through
> the period when she was chairman.
> >You will find in international and
> >cross-cultural scholarly circles that CE/BCE is in fact used.
> and askes
> >What do you have against using CE and BCE?
> I'm well aware that's it's used. But I don't see the point. If I am
> offended by pigs calling them sheep doesn't actually change anything.
> Our dating system is pivoted around a particular calculation of the year
> of Jesus' birth. AD/BC, CE/BCE, +/-, whatever. None of these alter the
> fact that its a Christian dating system, developed by Christians for
> Christian use.  So they got the dates wrong. It doesn't in any way
> change the *intention* of the system. 
> On rare occasions I have used the Jewish dating system and the Muslim
> one, but I did not feel I had to strip away or hide the origin of
> those dating systems. Quite the contrary.
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Dave Washburn
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