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Indeed, the root of the word anniversary is the Latin for “year.” Just as important years are widely used reference points in the lives of individuals, so they are for entire cultures. Although it is 2015 today in the United States, such a number might indicate a far different year in other cultures throughout history.
The next question might be, what qualifies as a year significant enough to base an entire dating system upon it?
Unfortunately, it was difficult in the sixth century AD for the originator of that system, Dionysius Exiguus, to determine the exact year when Christ was born.
The things he had to go on were the brief clues in the Gospels that relate Jesus’ birth or later age to events in Roman history, and the official Roman records of those events, neither of which were very precise.
I don’t know that I really want to rejoin that church after all these years; I think it’s more just wanting to go to their services a few times.
Now, at the age of 84, I feel a strong desire to attend the Methodist Church of my childhood.
The expression Common Era is also no new invention, it has been in use for several hundred years.
This is too “politically correct” for me to accept without further explanation. And so the Christian Era has become the Common Era.” In 2011, an op-ed piece in the Vatican newspaper L’Osservatore Romano blasted the British Broadcasting Corporation for abandoning the traditional A. Even those who opt for the new designation as an ideological protest still adopt the traditional date of the birth of Christ as the basis for numbering the years.
I was told by a Catholic teacher in our area that this change is intended to foster better relations with non-Christians. There is so much interaction between people of all faiths and cultures — different civilizations, if you like — that some shared way of reckoning time is a necessity. (They note, for example, that “January” comes from Janus, who was the Roman god of gates and doorways.) To me, there is a certain silliness to the entire discussion.
If one states that an event occurred in the eighth century B.
If one states that an event occurred in the eighth century A.