I was already on record as expressing scepticism about Neil de Grasse Tyson’s forthcoming Cosmos television series, as I view his knowledge of the history of science as at least as bad if not worse than Carl Sagan’s was and that was pretty terrible.
Yesterday evening my Twitter stream was full of people wondering what I would have thought of N d G T’s elevation of Giordano Bruno to the status of a great scientific thinker.
It is no surprise, then, that they began to use the same method of dating for both their religious timekeeping and secular events. There have been several suggestions to pick an earlier starting point, which would enable a single system to address all of history.
This has the advantage that the arithmetic for conversion is far more straightforward than Julian Era: 2013 CE = 12013 HE and the simple fact it is based on actual science, and not solely on an arbitrary date to appease Christians while still not "being Christian".
I am a little bit late in joining the discussion about dating historical events, but I want to add to the discussion by submitting my opinion whether Christians should abandon the B.
In his article, Bob makes the following argument for the change: Despite the rise of science, Christians have used—and many times have insisted upon—the continued use of the labels “AD” and “BC” to designate calendrical years, and thereby portray human history as directly relative to the birth of Jesus of Nazareth. Indeed, the usage is much more widespread in our area than it is in any other discipline, and by a country mile. But the attempt ultimately fails, since whether you use B. Any system of dating must have an initial point of reference. The present day system of dating historical events is in no way an attempt at Western imperialism or Christian arrogance. There is only one important factor that marks this transition, even when people refrain from using the name of the one person whose existence caused the transition from one era to the other. Cargill, Why Christians Should Adopt the BCE/CE Dating System Daniel O. BC/AD Wikipedia, Common Era Against the change: Brant Pitre, Should Christians Abandon B.
stand for “Before the Common Era” and the “Common Era.” Bob Cargill wrote an article for Bible and Interpretation in which he argued that Christians should adopt the BCE/CE dating system. As Mark Goodacre wrote in his blog: Within Biblical Studies, the usage is now so widespread that some authors will have had it imposed on them by publishers who make this an element in their house style. He wrote: It seems to mean the terminological shift is nothing but a rather facile attempt to take a dating system which clearly places the Incarnation at the center of human history and secularize it. In his article, Bob asked the question: “Why should Christians adopt the BCE/CE dating system? The reason the call to change is given only to Christians is because of the fact that Christ, for better or for worse, has become the central figure in human history. Even when scholars use BCE and CE to date historical events, one has to ask: what caused the transition from Before the Common Era to the Common Era?