Over the last 30 years, Art Fund has generously contributed £50,000 to help purchase many important acquisitions for the Wiltshire Museum.
The exhibition celebrates this support by displaying an eclectic…
Subsequent years count up from this event and are accompanied by either AD or CE, while preceding years count down from it and are accompanied by either BC or BCE.
But what is the difference between AD and CE, or BC and BCE?
Particularly problematic is AD (“in the year of our Lord”), and its unavoidable implication that the Lord in question is Jesus Christ.
Religious neutrality was the main rationale behind Jewish academics’ adoption of BCE/CE over a century ago, and continues to be its most widely cited justification.
It has also been argued that BCE/CE is, in fact, less religiously inclusive than BC/AD.Passions are usually highest among those who see the adoption of a new system as an attempt to write Jesus Christ out of history.They argue that the entire Gregorian Calendar is Christian in nature anyway, so why should we attempt to obscure that fact?An important reason for adopting BCE/CE is religious neutrality.Since the Gregorian calendar has superseded other calendars to become the international standard, members of non-Christian groups may object to the explicitly Christian origins of BC and AD.
Despite originating in the Western Christian tradition, its use has spread throughout the world and now transcends religious, cultural and linguistic boundaries.