[Milton-L] Help with a pedagogical question

richard strier rastrier at uchicago.edu
Thu Oct 1 12:07:18 EDT 2009


"Christ," of course, functions in contemporary English merely as the last name of a 
historical figure.  There is no problem here unless one chooses to make one.  The 
17th-c spoke of overly "tender" consciences as a problem.

"Common Era" -- and I write as a non-Christian of any sort -- is MUCH better than 
"BC."  Common Era takes into account that Christianity is the dominant religion in 
the West.  Simply a fact.  But it presents the division of history into pre- and post- 
Christian as a way of speaking, not a necessary way of thinking.  It is certainly not 
that.  It is important for Christians to know what a relief CE and BCE are to the rest 
of us.


Richard Strier
Department of English
University of Chicago
1115 East 58th Street
Chicago, IL 60637


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