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The earliest use of this appears to be a 1716 book by John Prideaux, a bishop in England who wrote about "The vulgar era, by which we now compute the years from his incarnation." Because "vulgar" later came to denote something indecent, though, this use seems to have fell out of favor.By the 19th century, the use of BCE was common in Jewish writings.The only significance of Dennis the Midget’s calendar era system is that Dennis (along with all the rest of the western world that wasn’t currently tied to sticks and being burned alive) that Jesus was born on or around the year 1CE because the Western Christian calendar era is denoted Anno Domini or Before Christ, then I wouldn’t have a reason to write a post about it. Joe is stating that one proof of Jesus’s existence is that some of us use AD or BC when we write dates.This is so stupid that I can’t even allow myself to believe Joe Cienkowski doesn’t get it, that’s why I’m categorizing it as a filthy lie.Some regard this secular preference for BCE and CE as anti-Christian or an atheist conspiracy against Christianity. The tradition in the West is to base the count of our years around the alleged time when Jesus would have been born. D." which stands for the Latin phrase "anno Domini" ("in the year of the Lord"), first used by the monk Dionysius Exiguus.

In a few other cases, like the Kentucky School System, efforts to switch over were reversed after some Christians protested.

The idea of a Common Era instead of Anno Domini has been around for centuries, but the label used to be Era Vulgaris.

We must remember that in the past, "vulgar" simply referred to the common people and the countryside and was not necessarily derogatory.

Judaism has its own calendar, of course, but if they are writing something they expect non-Jews to read, it helps to use a more recognized dating convention.

Since they don't believe that Jesus is their Lord, however, it would be inappropriate for them to use AD—and even BC suggests a primacy of Christianity.

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