And tonight we end the 2018th year since the birth of the the son of god... Can anyone think of a better date to begin counting from?
I was talking to my year 1/2 class (5 & 6 year olds) about the new date, and asked if anyone knew when we started counting - nobody did, so I told them
"it's from when jesus was born - can you believe that!!!".
And they all looked at me and then burst out laughing - I have to say it was a lovely moment - a little seed-sowing at christmas never did any harm, did it!!!!
in 1792 French revolutionaries decided to begin counting time from the birth of their republic. 1792 was year 1 of the Era of Liberty. So we are now in year 226 of the Era of Liberty. It was pretty confusing though and Napoleon change it back to the old way soon after.
It would be cool to do something like that but what headache it would create. We are all so accustomed to our current system and, like many of you have pointed out, who really gives a shit if the starting point is based on a myth. It works.
Yes it bothers me a lot. What alternatives. We kind of need an exact date!
IT'S THE YEAR 7 000 018 This is for those who take the start point from where evolution turned to create humans. Scientists say that it was about 7000000 years ago? Start of the human lineage, following a split with the lineage containing chimpanzees and gorillas.
No, it doesn't really bother me — no more than it bothers me that the days of the week are largely named for Roman gods. Christianity has cultural, historical significance, regardless of its mythology. But, instead of using "B.C." (Before Christ) and "A.D" (Anno Domini, Latin for "in the year of the Lord" ) I prefer to use "B.C.E." (Before the Common Era) and "C.E." (Common Era) because the former are so completely sectarian, not just cultural references.