[Milton-L] Help with a pedagogical question

Jeffrey Shoulson jshoulson at mail.as.miami.edu
Thu Oct 1 12:11:27 EDT 2009

I've long felt the same discomfort--for the same reasons--with the  
switch from BC/AD to BCE/CE, though it must be said that there's a  
difference between BC and AD.  Before Christ may "pin the division to  
Christ without requiring an implicit identification with Christ."   
It's less easy to say the same of Anno Domini.  I think I might be  
more comfortable with AC (After Christ).

Jeffrey Shoulson

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On Oct 1, 2009, at 11:56 AM, James Rovira wrote:

> Yes, it is "common era," which reinforces John's point -- common to
> what?  On what grounds?  It's still pinned to what was thought of at
> one point as the birth year of Christ, so Christ is the basis of the
> "common era."  At least BC explicitly pins the division to Christ
> without requiring an implicit identification with Christ.
> Jim R
> On Thu, Oct 1, 2009 at 11:51 AM, Mulryan, John <JMULRYAN at sbu.edu>  
> wrote:
>> John: I believe CE is “common era,” not Christian era, although it  
>> amounts
>> to the same thing. John.
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