How determined are the forces attempting to eliminate the influences of Jesus Christ? Try listening to the pontification from tolerant and inclusive people who propose to have a mindset of open mindedness. Though diplomatically done by many BCE and CE proponents, there is still an exposure to prejudice against religious influence that exists.
While inclusiveness and tolerance is propped up as a motive by many claiming intellectual enlightenment, there is still a nugget of bias present when listening to the reasons of changing historical dating from the long accepted BC, before Christ, and AD which designates the year of our Lord.
One leading argument for utilizing BCE, before common era, and CE which is common era, is the sensitivity to non-religious people or those subscribing to a particular religion that do not accept or recognize Jesus Christ. It is difficult to measure how much valid consternation there actually is, however it is interesting how little concern is shown to issues that could just as well offend Christian ethics.
The terms BC and AD have been changed to the BCE and CE monikers so it would be neutral to the bias that may conflict with those without religious affiliations. Science is cerebral and anything giving favoritism to subjective concepts as the birth of Christ is frowned upon, even though the event did take place. You can debate whether Jesus is as He claimed, but some point of interest needs to be established to measure time.
However naming things as planets after mythological deities as Mercury, Venus, Mars, or Jupiter are pagan to Christians, but one would have difficulty recollecting any Christian scientist being overly stigmatized by having idolatry flaunted in front of their faces. There would be rolling eyeballs intellectually if a campaign to rename offensive planets to Christian standards became a serious undertaking. One can hardly not wonder if the BC and AD issue is just as frivolous.
Champions for using BCE and CE are waxing eloquent with various rational reasons for pulling away from the traditional BC and AD labels. Those for BCE and CE debate that scholastically that standard has existed since “way back in the 1970s and 1980s”. Interestingly though that is precisely the same time there was a social push to remove God and traditional Biblical standards from many other social settings. The influence of the 1980s for BCE and CE was pushed mightily, which is why the pristine reason given to throw out BC and AD is debatable.
Are we talking about a cultural political issue in academia when it should not be the case? Over the thousands of years, the only thing that has changed is attitudes towards political correctness.
BCE and CE are more about style points than any scientific validation. Both terms refer indirectly to the birth of Christ anyway, however those with an axe to grind not to use BC or AD is purely based on a personal and religious preference. It is difficult to mandate personal preferences particularly when BCE and CE are grounded in the birth of Christ. http://timesonline.typepad.com/dons_life/2011/09/ad-vs-ce.html
Those with a personal problem for BC and AD are merely inflicting a mental prejudice on others that have no problem with the term, and that appears to be the majority of people that are not stressed out at all with BC and AD. The relatively young terms of BCE and CE demonstrates how ultra-sensitivities rooted in political correctness can corrupt long standing practices that have no real religious issue with the vast majority of others.
If there is a real problem with BC and AD due to Christian issues, then we need to start scrubbing out all names with any deity affiliation that may offend others with no religious or with religious standards.
Come to think of it, why would we name planets after things that do not even really exist? Also, as a Christian I find pagan planet naming offensive and a slight to Yahweh God who created the planets in the first place. As a small child this confused me dreadfully and caused me conflicts to my faith. Christians can be ultra sensitive also, but typically choose not to.
One can build a case regarding anything and BC and AD is no exception. It is a classic example of making a mountain out of a molehill. You can never successfully resolve all the names associated to anything, including science, where there will not be names that can be deemed offensive to somebody. You cannot convince me the terms BC or AD caused immeasurable stress to those trying to understand or use the historical dating process.
Yes, one can use the non-descript terms as BCE and CE, but it still is rather silly because each term points to some historical happening that sets the standards for “before common era” and “after common” era. It is still the birth of Christ, and going through the process of whitewashing BC and AD is an exercise in futility. It really does not solve much for those not liking BC and AD.
Sometimes you just need to get over it.