posted on May, 3 2017 @ 06:38 PM
a reply to: OccamsRazor04
Ok, to use your system, how long between the battle of Marathon and, say, the US declaration of independence?
490BC/E and 1776AD/CE 2266 years, right?
now, to go a stage further, if we have a third date range, you have to add the entire AD date range to the BC one and then add all the third date
range up to the particular date you are interested in.
Say there is a year zero in, 2049AD/CE From then on we measure the years in AT (After thing) and The US elects it's first openly gay president
How long between the battle of Marathon and this date? Its more complex than simply having Before thing and After thing, because you can say that the
battle of Marathon is (490+2048 years BT or, more neatly, 2538BT (Because we count back continuously without an artificial break for year 1 AD/CE)and
if you add that to the 178 years AT you can do the simple sum of 2538 +178=2716 years). by only having one before and one after category it is much
easier. Adding silly things like prophets births, gods births etc just means we have to do more maths, rather analogous to when people measured the
years in dynasties...5th year of the 22nd king's reign for example....it just gets clunky. There is no reason at all to keep the supposed date of the
birth of Jesus if we reset the calendar due to some global "thing" that is of sufficient importance for us to reset.
Whether we say BC or BCE at the moment has no bearing whatsoever upon how difficult it can be to work out dates, it is just a convention we use due to
the Roman occupation of much of the known world at one time, that's all.
Like I said earlier, if you go to learn about a subject, you are beholden to use the terminology you are taught, unless you want to drop silly
You wouldn't expect to gain a mark in Chemistry for writing Moll instead of Mole, would you?