At its core, that date—any date really—is just a code.
represented, she mouthed the words, but neglected to define “Common Era” itself. Meanwhile, Christians must be aware that the secular world and popular culture together are moving full steam ahead promoting Common Era dating. Finally, NBC deserves kudos for currently airing a mini-series called “A.
Fortunately for those who believe, we know that His truth will always prevail and Christ’s spiritual influence on the world will never wane. dating, like Christians in the Middle East, will slowly be annihilated. D.” had aired on CNN, would it have been called “C.
Carlos Noreña, a scholar of ancient history at University of California-Berkeley. “The Romans didn't impose their dating system,” Noreña says. The most recent dating battle has been a semantic one over the rise of C. “This is a little bit silly for two reasons,” Noreña says.
“In the Middle Ages and Antiquity, there were multiple eras jostling for recognition.”The key wasn't what Year One was, as much as getting everyone on the same page. “But because they were so powerful and influential, people picked up their calendar and dating system because it was convenient.”While these were the dominant systems, there was a hodge-podge of various cultures with different Year Ones. “One, they use the same year, so it's the same system.
Concurrently, all Christians throughout the world are experiencing another form of persecution.
On the surface it is peaceful and silent, but underneath just as deadly as the physical kind sans the torture, beheadings and refugees.
(Let's not even discuss Year Zero, seeing as this jockeying for Year One position occurred before the concept of zero had even been invented.) If we wanted to allow for commerce, trade, and simple communication across cultures to develop, we needed to be living in the same year. The Byzantine Empire started its first year in what was considered the year of creation (our 5509 B. The Church of Alexandria began its Year One in what is now 284 A. And two, when most people see it, they think it stands for Christian Era and Before Christian Era, so it doesn't really solve the problem people wanted to solve.” As the world continued to “shrink” due to the establishment of trade routes and expansion of population and as once-insular communities started opening up and exploring, a single Year One would have inevitably dominated.
The Greeks were among the first to try to get everyone running on the same year. D., to coincide with the rise of Roman emperor Diocletian into power. C.—that is, “before Christ”—wasn't introduced until 1627, by a French astronomer. D., so decided to figure that in by counting backwards. The specifics of which one are not particularly important.
But while months and days are based on the planet's gravitational forces, and thereby grounded in reality, the third aspect of our dating code is a total mess. Rather, we need to find another, closer Year One to begin things.