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One suggestion for the origin of the term "Common Era" (CE) is an anti-Christian attempt to conceal that Jesus is the historical basis for the primary calendar dating system. "Common Era" has no real meaning, and even the origin of this term is unclear. A later edition (11th) defines it as the Christian Era. The first recorded use of the phrase "common era" was in 1708.[1]

The established calendar dating system, which uses the Anno Domini ('AD') notation, is based on the calculations of Dionysius Exiguus for the birthyear of Jesus relative to the foundation of Rome.[2] At the time, dates used the 'AD' system instituted by pagan and murderer Emperor Diocletian, which used his own date of birth as year 0. (In that system, "AD" stood for Anno Diocletian, and should not be confused with the present-day AD system) Because Dionysius Exiguus in the year 525 wanted to end the memorialization of an evil man who persecuted Christians, he invented a new numbering system based on his calculations of the birth year of Jesus Christ. However, as he miscalculated, the terms BCE/CE are more accurate than BC/AD as the last few years BC were not actually Before Christ, and hence 1 AD is not actually the first year after Jesus' birth.

While the use of the phrase "Common Era" has existed for hundreds of years, only recently have politically correct liberals attempted to replace all instances of 'AD' with 'CE.' The original use of 'CE' was to avoid the common practice of countries basing their dates on when their rulers reached power [3] or were born, i.e. the "regal era" from the birthdate of Jesus Christ, which belonged to all men "the common era." While use of "Common Era" attempts to erase recognition for the Christian basis of the calendar, there are no similar attempts to erase non-Christian religious names from the calendar, such as the days of the week named after Norse gods. Numerous texts, particularly schoolbooks, have replaced "B.C./A.D." with "Common Era" symbols over the past decade. This is part on an international effort to establish common values for those of all cultures, not just Christians. While the calendar may be Christian in origin, it is no longer exclusively to Christians. [4]


  1. History of the Works of the Learned, January 1703
  2. Index to Calendars, NASA site
  3. ex. 15 years in the rulership of King Steven the Third
  4. Former Secretary-General of the United Nations Kofi A. Annan in "Common values for a common era" on 28 June 1999 [1]