[Milton-L] Help with a pedagogical question

Cristine Soliz csoliz at csoliz.com
Fri Oct 2 14:15:29 EDT 2009

I know this is contentious, but I might as well weigh in on this issue
even though I haven't read all these posts. I always use C.E. and tell
students it is "current era," but also tell them most say common era. But
I feel there is just too much religious politics in both common era and
a.d. I like the recent b.p., before present, best but it gets confusing.

Dr. Cristine Soliz
Assistant Professor of English
Fort Valley State University
Project Director, NEH Grant
Area Chair Historical Fiction, SW Tex Pop Culture and Am Culture Assoc
Associate Scholar, Center for World Indigenous Studies
csoliz at csoliz.com

> "Yes, it is 'common era,' which reinforces John's point -- common to what?
>  On what grounds?"
> I second the request for a bit of lexicography on the precise sense of
> "common" here.
> How does the contrast between common and peculiar, or shared and unshared,
> apply in this context? In what sense do both groups have the period after
> Christ's conception "in common," but not the period before Christ's
> conception? In what sense does one group enjoy sole ownership of the
> earlier period? And what are the contrasting groups here? Christians vs.
> Jews? Gentiles vs. Jews? Other?
> Let me take this opportunity to join those who have expressed their
> gratitude for Richard Strier's work.
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