Today’s quiz, question one, what does AD stand for when determining a date? For example, today was in the year 2013 AD. We are almost at its end.
I suspect most of you knew that AD stands for “in the year of Our Lord.” So question two, why don’t we say 2013 OL as they are the capitalized letters?
The answer is the acronym is in Latin, not English (aren’t they all?). The Latin is anno Domini. Still, why we don’t get an aD instead of an AD? I don’t know.
Today many say CE. My understanding of why they do so is political correctness. It is culturally neutral. Our Lord is not for everyone. Our Lord is meant to be Jesus and not everyone are Christian. As CE stands for Common Era, I assume it is an era that we all have in common whether we were alive or not.
For me, the thing about Lord is it references a birthdate, or so I thought, which means that 2013 is two thousand thirteen years after the birth of Jesus. BC is before his birth.
Whereas BCE and CE makes no sense in the same sense. Why was there an era before we were common and an era that we are common.
Makes me start thinking which era I would prefer. As a connecting sort of person, I would prefer the common era.
How did we become common overnight? Before common, were we uncommon? Did a ball drop? Can you help?