The common era

Word this week that the BBC would like to adopt the phrase ‘common era’ as a replacement for the nationally accepted ‘A.D.’

Let’s look at the origins of this classic piece of politically correct bullshit…

The expression “Common Era” can be found as early as 1708 in English and traced back to Latin usage among European Christians to 1615, as vulgaris aerae, and to 1635 in English as Vulgar Era. At those times, the expressions were all used interchangeably with “Christian Era”, and “vulgar” meant “not regal” rather than “crudely indecent”.

Use of the CE abbreviation was introduced by Jewish academics in the mid-19th century. Dates before the year 1 CE are indicated by the usage of BCE, short for “Before the Common Era”.

The “Common Era” (CE/BCE) notation has been adopted by numerous authors and publishers wishing to be “neutral” or “sensitive to non-Christians” because it does not explicitly make use of religious titles for Jesus, such as “Christ” and Dominus (“Lord”), which are used in the BC/AD notation, nor does it give implicit expression to the Christian creed that Jesus was the Christ.

So it would appear it’s nothing new and it baffles me as to why the BBC should be bothering with it at this late stage.

It’s time that it was accepted that the UK is a Christian country and that whilst it is tolerant and relaxed about the religious views of it’s citizens, it should not apologise for being Christian.

For the BBC to be even considering this change indicates to me that it is clearly employing idiots with nothing worthwhile to contribute and therefore blatently wasting its license payers’ money as well as holding itself out to be a laughing stock…


4 responses to “The common era

  1. Write it in longhand as Christian Era and Before Christian Era – they might get the picture then

  2. Nobody sane still watches the BBC. Do they?

  3. Superb observations. If only your media (BBC) and ours (CNN) placed sanity above the PC crap we've all had to endure since the 90s. Really, it's getting nettlesome and beyond annoying. Loved the blog, and the comments: anonymous on top suggesting we write CE and BCE in longhand inserting CHRISTIAN in place of common. Nothing common about God raising His Son from the dead so that we would gain life by trusting in CHRIST alone.1

  4. EmperorHasNoClothes (as in The Emperor Has No Clothes-I'm the chap pointing this out so people with brains start actually thinking)

    I remember the 'gifted' girl in primary school, who came from a family where she'd never seen by the age of 11 a western (as in cowboy) film or a james bond film but had for years even at that tender age been putting on special cream every morning for her skin for cosmetic reasons like an adult woman or teenager might-so you can imagine feeling terrified of and culture-shocked by this totally new breed of person, elite but with no traditional background or elite heritage whatsoever-she talked about the 'common era' and 'before common era.' Quite, quite terrifying.

    I did give her hell in arguments about cosmology, philosophy and the supposed desirability or necessity of eliminating racial differences, wherein I was of course on the right side and would've made Dioclese proud, and I count that time she asked me how I knewso much if what I told her of my deprived circumstances was true, as victory for the forces of good I stood for! As I said at the time in answer to that question, I had one or two books at 7. And it might be a little something to do with weapons-grade IQ (in the right area when it's distilled down to that alone; I'm no cleverdick thank god)-so bloody well ANNO DOMINI!