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  • Naughtius
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    Given that JC was probably born in the BC, they are pretty pointless terms.

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  • Turtleygoodness
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    Political Correctness

    At one time, using BC and AD were politically correct. Political correctness doesn't just apply to changes that involve inclusion and not offending other people, but also using your own religion and values as the standard. Many people were forced to convert to Christianity after it was widely adopted by European royalty and forced to change their own calendars, etc. Now we're using terms more acceptable to a wider range of people.

    Revisionism, true, but in a way that less people find offensive. Only a person who think that their religion, ideas, traditions and culture should be preeminent over everyone else's would be offended.

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  • Carpathian
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    Originally posted by John McCoy View Post
    Change is inevitable, perfectly good terminology is subject to fashion. Also, due to the prevailing academic norms of "publish or perish", there is a strong incentive for academics to advocate change even of things that don't really need it. Nobody would publish a research paper that says the status quo is correct, so our esteemed professors have to find some novelty to publish, and if nothing else comes to mind, terminology and taxonomic nomenclature are fair game.
    It's revisionism. Those who control the terms of the debate control the debate.

    That's in the nature of politics and manipulation. The goal is cultural change. It's done through through psychological influence, with the imposition of new terms as revision of traditional terms.

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  • John McCoy
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    Change is inevitable, perfectly good terminology is subject to fashion. Also, due to the prevailing academic norms of "publish or perish", there is a strong incentive for academics to advocate change even of things that don't really need it. Nobody would publish a research paper that says the status quo is correct, so our esteemed professors have to find some novelty to publish, and if nothing else comes to mind, terminology and taxonomic nomenclature are fair game.

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  • DaveInGreece
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    This calendar system has been widely adopted internationally including by countries with no tradition of Christianity. Even "in the West" there are many non-Christians of other faiths and also growing numbers of atheists who dislike the reference to Christianity. In much of Europe, atheism is now more common than religion and the majority of people avoid "Before Christ" not out of political correctness, but out of a dislike of using religious terms in a secular world.

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  • Carolina
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    Political correctness

    I wish FamilyTreeDNA (MyOrigins) would use B.C. (Before Christ) instead of BCE, and A.D. (Anno Domini) instead of CE! Stop the political correctness. Everyone knows that in the West we count what year it is starting from Christ's birth (even if some think we are off about 4 years) - why deny it by introducing a new way? It's ridiculous.
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