Most people know, regardless of their belief system, and aren't offended by a historical fact. Lunisolar Solar Lunar Astronomical year numbering. Insisting that we hold onto the older style too seems to be promoting ignorance of the fact that the abbreviations are literally false. Since the Gregorian calendar has superseded other calendars to become the international standard, members of non-Christian groups may object to the explicitly Christian origins of BC and AD. Valpy for T. The year count starts with year 1 in the Gregorian calendar.
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Common Era (CE) and Before Common Era (BCE)
Many scholars in historical and religious studies in the West in recent years have sought to lessen the explicitly Christian meaning of this system without abandoning the usefulness of a single, common, global form of dating. Archived from the original on May 20, The Age. Conversations Lexicon.