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Bluedotsaint
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Bluedotsaint

Checkmate, atheists.

convolutionx
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convolutionx

We all know the only true way of measuring time is with Stardate.

Noghtflash271
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Noghtflash271

Ya know what, you guys are gonna make me say it I’m gonna say a curse word…ready…

hecc

KXRAWHO
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KXRAWHO

**Good Question**

Dwn_Wth_Vwls
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Dwn_Wth_Vwls

Wasn’t Jesus born a few years after that?

DerOrange
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DerOrange

What does bce/ce stand for ?

pawyderreale
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pawyderreale

Why 1CE? Wouldnt it be 0?

Darmok-on-the-Ocean
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Darmok-on-the-Ocean

I was resistant at first, but I understand why the academic world wants more neutral terms. So I basically use them like I use metric and freedom units. If I’m just talking casually: freedom units. If I’m doing calculations: metric.

Similarly, if I’m writing something formal, I use BCE/CE. But I don’t typically use them in conversation.

smorgasfjord
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smorgasfjord

You should use OCE

Nigules
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Nigules

To be fair it’s not like everyone came together to decide this as the basis for the calendar, the Catholic Church imposed it on everyone.

Lord_Voldemar
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Lord_Voldemar

The same reason we still use the Latin alphabet.
Its more convenient.

CommunistSoviet69
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CommunistSoviet69

Facts

chuck-odin603
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chuck-odin603

Was Jesus born in 1 CE or is that when he was crucified?

ru55ianb0t
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ru55ianb0t
custinator
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custinator

What does bce/CE stand for and when does it start?

NERD-_______-
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NERD-_______-

Heheheh

unitedmethod
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unitedmethod

God I love this sub.

SuitSage
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SuitSage

What happened in 1 AD that was so important we decided to measure time from there?

(To explain the joke so I avoid hate, I’m referencing how Christ was actually likely born 2-4 years BC)

Urbenmyth
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Urbenmyth

Honeslty, as an athiest, I’m more offended by BCE/CE then BC/AD.

The latter can be seen as just some mythological hangover (like thor’s day/thursday or the names of the planets), but calling the time Christianity was dominant “the common era” is far more erasing of everyone else.

(also, it’s not even the time Christianity is dominant- measure from the Battle of the Milvian Bridge, you cowards)

MrBurnsieSanders
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MrBurnsieSanders

Gregorian is the superior calender as it deals with what to do with leap years (an interesting topic in and of itself) and how often we need to pick up/drop days

StupidPuma69
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StupidPuma69

How about the “Human Era” calendar that doesn’t distinguish between BC or AD. Just add 10000 to the current year.

12,019 Human Era. Solves the arbitrary problem of time while lending equal weight to that which occured both before and after Jesus.

blah_guy
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Dembara
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Dembara

BC=Backwards Chronology

AD=Ascending Dates

Now no one can complain.

MangaMaven
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MangaMaven

My Christian college professors actually made the effort to use BCE/CE to stick with the academic standard, but many have given up as it seems to have never taken root.

MWHall_
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MWHall_

Anytime this is brought up and someone asks what B.C.E. and C.E. mean, I say “before Christ existed and Christ existed” before anyone gets a chance to say the right answer.

Shoninjv
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Shoninjv

Ha, yes… Before Christ Era and Christ Era…

Rowick-Kessmond
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Rowick-Kessmond

Heck, my Pre-Modern History professor uses BC because (in his words) “Regardless of beliefs, when the majority of the known world starts to base the measurement of time off the existence of a single guy, it speaks to how historically significant of a marker it is.”

PyukumukuIsLove
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PyukumukuIsLove

My native language is not english and i find this confusing, can someone elaborate on this?

Sassianus
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Sassianus

I measure time from Ad Urbe Condita

unosami
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unosami

I’ve never heard of BCE/CE before. When are those used?

Bialystock-and-Bloom
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Bialystock-and-Bloom

As an addendum, this isn’t to say that the BC/AD system of marking time isn’t superior to all others – the Buddhist calendar and Hebrew calendar are every bit as valid as the Gregorian one. I just thought it was silly that some people champion the “Common Era” calendar as being progressive and secular when it’s nothing but the “Before Christ/Anno Domini” one with a new hat 🙂

EDIT: Boy, you’d think in 20 years I’d learn how to spell calendar, huh?

notTHATPopePius
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notTHATPopePius

Eh, most of the days of the week are named after Norse gods (or Roman, in the case of Saturday). I dgaf about continuing to use a calendar that has origins in another religion.

Also, our month names are ~~all~~ at least half from Roman religion. I don’t see anyone up in arms about that.

Edit: changed “all” to “at least half” to assuage the pedant police

Neurotic_Good42
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Neurotic_Good42

You should use AC/DC instead of BC/AD