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3. Use CE and BCE, not AD and BC

Wikipedia notes how the standard transition from BCE to CE is made according to ISO-8601 international standards.

CE means Common Era1 and is the name of the most popular dating system. The current year is 2000ce.

BCE means Before Current Era1 and it counts the time before CE, counting backwards. 1BCE is the year before 1CE.

There are also two older and deprecated dating letters:

BC means Before Christ1 and is a reference to a prediction of the Christian messiah's birth date made in the second millennium. The date of Jesus Christ's birth is known to be about 4 BCE, so the reference is poor.

AD means Anno domini which means "in the year of our lord"1.

CE has the same value as AD, and BCE has the same value as BC. They are interchangeable systems. CE and BCE are the correct terms to use for reasons of fairness. Less than a third of the world is Christian, and expecting others to conform to a religious convention that is not their own is immoral - the neutral system of CE and BCE is far fairer1. Using the term "BC" and "AD" shows inconsideracy for others' feelings and beliefs (unless of course they do not know the difference (like most people), which is why I wrote this!). Choosing to use "BCE" and "CE" is to avoid endorsing any religion, and is therefore suitable for communication in the modern world.

"International Date Format (ISO 8601) and Time Measurements: 3. Use BCE and CE, not BC and AD" by Vexen Crabtree (2005)

4. International Date Format


The YYYY MM DD date format is the internationally agreed concise format for unambiguous dates and ought to be adopted by everyone. It is logical, with the biggest denominators being listed first (the same way as numbers, times and weights are), making it easily sortable and utterly clear. The International Organization for Standardization specification for the International Date Format is the ISO-8601 format, adopted so far by the computer industry in general (due to the advantages of sorting by dates in filenames), United Nations, commerce groups, scientific communities and some Western governments, although most individuals generally continue to use culture-specific date formats. "2005 03 29" is an example of an ISO-8601-compliant date.

"International Date Format (ISO 8601) and Time Measurements" by Vexen Crabtree (2005)

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Breuilly, O'Brien & Palmer
(1997) Religions of the World. Hardback book. Subtitled: "The Illustrated Guide to Origins, Beliefs, Traditions, & Festivals". Published by Lionheart Books. By Elizabeth Breuilly, Joanne O'Brien & Martin Palmer. Published for Transedition Limited and Fernleigh Books.


  1. Breuilly, O'Brien & Palmer (1997) p6.^

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