BC and AD no more?

September 26th, 2008

One thing I am wondering is when did BC and AD change to BCE and CE?

I have noticed more and more that rather than using BC and AD in dates, they are now using BCE and CE. Apparently these stand for Before the Common Era (or before the Christian era) and Common Era.

Did I miss the memo about this change? Who made the decision? Is this a chance to make things more politically correct? It has just got me wondering…