BC, AD, BCE, CE,=, -, etc.

b.gardner at abdn.ac.uk b.gardner at abdn.ac.uk
Tue Feb 20 12:53:46 EST 2001


I'm happy with that.

Peace to everyone.

Bruce.

> Why don't we all use whatever terminology we please, as long as it is
> understood by everybody else, and stop this ridiculous discussion?
> Sincerely,
> Jonathan D. Safren
> Chairman
> Dept. of Biblical Studies
> Beit Berl College
> 44905 Israel
> 
> 
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Dave Washburn" <dwashbur at nyx.net>
> To: "Biblical Hebrew" <b-hebrew at franklin.oit.unc.edu>
> Sent: Tuesday, February 20, 2001 12:56 AM
> Subject: Re: Written by the Holy Ghost? and others
> 
> 
> > Bill,
> > 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.
> > >
> > >
> > > Bill Rea, Information Technology Dept., Canterbury  University  \_
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> > "No study of probabilities inside a given frame can ever
> > tell us how probable it is that the frame itself can be
> > violated."  C. S. Lewis
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