Bible and archaeology news
Last week, the British Broadcasting Company (BBC) announced that the date references B.C.E. (Before Common Era) and C.E. (Common Era) would be used in all television and radio programming instead of the more traditional B.C. (Before Christ) and A.D. (Anno Domini) designations. In an official statement, the BBC said the switch in terminology reflects the company’s “commitment to impartiality” and a desire to “use terms that do not offend or alienate non-Christians.”
While the use of B.C.E. and C.E. is now common in academic discourse, critics have been quick to suggest the BBC’s decision was more about political correctness than impartiality. “These changes are unnecessary,” said Michael Nazir-Ali, a retired Anglican bishop and leading British evangelical. “Whether you use Common Era or Anno Domini, the date is still the same and the reference point is still the birth of Jesus Christ.”
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