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If Christ doesn't exist...................

then why is the term "A.D." and "B.C." used to determine the timeline of when he walked the earth?

if there is no hard evidence that Jesus Christ existed why do we use the chronological terms?

this is not meant to stir up drama, just simply curious.........


Asked by Anonymous at 3:23 PM on May. 24, 2011 in Religious Debate

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  • If you read Jewish websites, for example, they use "BCE" = Before common era.
    But why are the terms BC and AC used? Well, very simple. Read your history. ONE Christian monk decided that the previous Diocletian way of counting years was unacceptable because it "honored" a man that persecuted Christians. Instead, he devised the system that used Jesus as a basis for counting years. It's pretty much agreed by now that he completely miscalculated, but it eventually grew popular as the Christian faith gain popularity as well. Because Christianity has been a driving force throughout history, it has become the most traditional and used method of counting years.


    Answer by momto2boys973 at 2:15 PM on May. 25, 2011

  • Because Christianity (esp Catholocism) has been the biggest religion in the modern world for close to 2000 years. They have had a major impact on culture, including laws, art, sciences, education, and many other facets of daily life.

    This dating system was created in the 6th century.

    Answer by anng.atlanta at 3:40 PM on May. 24, 2011

  • Well now we say BCE for before common era

    Answer by Nicoles2LilRams at 3:29 PM on May. 24, 2011

  • The year numbering system was devised by the monk Dionysius Exiguus in the year 525 to replace the Diocletian years, because he did not wish to continue the memory of a tyrant who persecuted Christians; all it proves is that the man who came up with it believed in Christ and so did a lot of people in that time, just because a lot of people believe/d something doesn't prove it exists (they also thought the earth was flat then).

    Personally, I think Jesus was a real man, he taught good things, etc., I just don't believe he was God.


    Answer by StrawberryLane at 3:42 PM on May. 24, 2011

  • Thats a pretty long stretch, to try to use that to prove god exists.

    Answer by sahmamax2 at 3:46 PM on May. 24, 2011

  • Ad is Anno Domini (year of our lord) (not OUR lord but some peples) and BC Before Christ are pretty old school. BCE Before the Common Era and CE Common Era are more commonly used now. I think as times and information changes our use of langauge changes.

    Answer by ochsamom at 4:26 PM on May. 24, 2011

  • If the Goddess Maia never existed, why is this month called "May"? 

    The same could be asked of Janus/January, Mars/March, and June/Juno...


    Answer by MamaK88 at 6:13 PM on May. 24, 2011


    ...and Tyr/Tuesday, Odin/Wednesday, Thor/Thursday, Freya/Friday, and Saturn/Saturday.


    Answer by MamaK88 at 6:13 PM on May. 24, 2011

  • We don't use them. We use CE and BCE. (Common Era and Before Common Era). We used to refer to black people as "colored" too - doesn't mean it's proper or that it's still done.

    Answer by NotPanicking at 3:49 PM on May. 24, 2011

  • Haha, not believing Jesus is God doesn't make us not Christians. It doesn't change that Jesus is the foundation of my faith, that his message is the core of my beliefs. And, if you'd take time to understand the history of religion, there has ALWAYS been disagreement over the nature of Jesus - opinions have always varied over the level of human versus divine nature, from one end of the spectrum to the other. Neither position is any more or less Christian than the others. ;)

    Answer by bandgeek521 at 7:18 PM on May. 24, 2011