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#1
I'm under the assumption that B.C means Before Christ and A.D means After Death.

Are our years based on religion?

What about the religions that have totally different beliefs to that of Jesus? Atheists, Muslims, Jews etc.

Why are we going by this one timeline from this one religion?


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#2
AD = Anno Domini.
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Because to change now would be stupid, we're pretty used to this BC/AD thing.
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#4
It's 5770 on the Hebrew calendar btw.
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Do they still say they are in 2009 in China because Chinese new year isn't until Jan 26th
#10
Its not called B.C. anymore, since that's not politically correct. Its B.C.E. (Before Current Era).

But lots of people already said that.

And are you really suggesting that we all go by a different calender based on Religion? I mean, there's sensitivity, and then there's stupidity.

I'm in the year 22 right now. My Calender began on July 21, 1987...the day that Appetite for Destruction was released.

See? That's dumb....wait....no...that's awesome.
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It's 5770 on the Hebrew calendar btw.




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#13
Because Christians are a bit forcing about their habits sometimes...
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Do they still say they are in 2009 in China because Chinese new year isn't until Jan 26th


Chinese, or lLunar new year, is based on a different calendar. So, no they don't still say 2009 in China. The lunar year is in the 4600s or 4700s depending on which calendar you go by.

As for the BC/AD thing, it's just convention. Christian nations were the ones to expand and colonize and rise to power, so everyone else just followed suit.
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#16
The Arab world includes both Christian and Hijra dates in public broadcasts and schooling.

edit: Also, Christianity is the biggest organized religion in the world, so it makes sense that it would be the most common form used.
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#17
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Because Christians are a bit forcing about their habits sometimes...

And nobody else throws their religion around like a 12 inch dick...
#19
I'm not sure how changing the name makes it any better, as the divide is still based around the birth of Mr. Christ.

I don't mind it though. If they changed the system I'd mess up every date I wrote for the next two months.
#20
The origin of the terminology is irrelavent. Standardisation of the measurement of time is important and is arguably a very good thing.
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#22
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while this is true, Anno Domini is latin for: in the year of our lord. so TS's point still stands.


Never said which lord.

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while this is true, Anno Domini is latin for: in the year of our lord. so TS's point still stands.


It still has nothing to do with his death though.
#24
it's this way because Christianity had the biggest influence on europe, which has had the biggest influence on the rest of the world.

Changing it now would be far too much work.

so yes, it's based on religion, but it doesn't really matter much.
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Do they still say they are in 2009 in China because Chinese new year isn't until Jan 26th

Yeah, because it's all to do with business and trading and stuff like that. But I suppose they keep as the old one too. So they're living in the future and the present at the same time.

And I suppose changing it now would be a bit silly. It would mess some things up a lot.

EDIT:

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It still has nothing to do with his death though.

Exactly... It's when he was born, wasn't it?
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while this is true, Anno Domini is latin for: in the year of our lord. so TS's point still stands.

???
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???

I think he means that TS's point about dates being based on religion still stands.
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#28
This is addressed to the whole world.

We're starting at year 0 again, starting tomorrow.

End of discussion.
#29
Because if someone asked you the year and you said 5770 then you'd look like a retard. That's why.
#30
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Never said which lord.


well it was started by the christians so i'm assuming theirs.

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It still has nothing to do with his death though.

it has more to do with his birth.


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I think he means that TS's point about dates being based on religion still stands.

exactly
#31
Because Christianity is better and much more important.



I kid. Its probably just the christian God got to look after the year and dates, maybe the other God's got other special little responsibilities. I hear Buddha does the cooking for them all.
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#32
It's the simplest way. If every religion or belief had a different calendar it would be ridiculous in a practical sense.
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#33
technically to be politically correct it's BCE- Before Common Era, so actually it's not religious at all (except that common era was based on the year Jesus was born), and Christianity is the world's largest religion. 2 billion people practice it.
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#35
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AD = Anno Domini.


Exactly. If it was after death there and before christ there would be a 32 year period during his life that would be unlabeled.
#36
its B.C. and based around the life of the greatest person to ever live, Jesus...

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I'm not sure how changing the name makes it any better, as the divide is still based around the birth of Mr. Christ.


as it should be...

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It still has nothing to do with his death though.


but his birth is pretty important though...

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technically to be politically correct it's BCE- Before Common Era, so actually it's not religious at all (except that common era was based on the year Jesus was born), and Christianity is the world's largest religion. 2 billion people practice it.

It's the largest, but the amount of other religions combined out weight it, so it's pretty stupid to base it off one so called "Prophet", especially when other religions believe he is only a man or not the greatest prophet.
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I'm under the assumption that B.C means Before Christ and A.D means After Death.

Are our years based on religion?

What about the religions that have totally different beliefs to that of Jesus? Atheists, Muslims, Jews etc.

Why are we going by this one timeline from this one religion?

AD means Anno Domini, which is "in the year of our lord" in latin.
#39
Athiesm is a religion like not collecting stamps is a hobby.

Also, because we can't be ****ed to reset our mental calenders.
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#40
It would be ridiculous to change it now. Besides, we have B.C.E. and C.E for anyone that's offended by the Christian significance of it.
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