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Anonymous asked in Politics & GovernmentGovernment · 1 decade ago

If the government doesn't believe 'IN GOD' ???????

Why do we call time, BC and AD, before the death of christ, and after the dealth of christ. I believe in GOD, but its weird how they take prayer out of schools, but then our entire 'time line' is based on a christian belief. The government is contradickting itself.

Update:

why did they change to bce, and ace?was there a solid reason?

Update 2:

its not about authors, the goverment decided what to call they 'yrs'. , the government, such as pharohs and kings, etc... made the decisions yrs ago to make them AD and BC, which is a government issue now!

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Its not really a question of if the government believes in God or not. Our US Motto is "In God We Trust", there is a Chaplain for both houses of Congress', the opening of the Supreme Court starts "God Bless this Supreme Court and God Bless the United States of America". Our pledge includes the words "Under God. We use BC and AD because those times were already established by England and the rest of Europe by the time of our independence. It would be foolish to use a different time if we wanted to keep international business and political relationships. Other parts of the world use different times like Muslims which is based on the life of Mohammad and the Jewish calendar which is AL (After Light). Official prayer was taken out of private schools because schools are not places of worship. They are places of education. We could not ask children of different faiths and beliefs to pray in a special way which most schools usually followed a particular denomination depending on the faith of the principal or teacher. Like most other traditions one would find the ones removed are because they became the interest of an individual rather than the group causing undue favoritism and distraction from the original purpose.

  • 1 decade ago

    You should read the book Church and State by Kathlyn Gay... boring in spots but if you think it's bad now you should really see how far it went in the beginning of America!! lol... I wonder if they will also change that and take back all the history books to change the BC and AD. They made the city of Zion in Illinois change their city emblem a couple of years ago because it said God Reigns...the city was established as an all religious city in 1900. Who knows..But I don't think that the government has anything to say on history. Sad to say this but my little cousin who is 12 didn't know what BC or AD stood for. They don't teach the little things in school anymore.

  • 1 decade ago

    Well there are BC and AD

    Which does mean Before Christ

    But AD means Anno Domini, which is medieval Latin for "In the year of the/our Lord"

    But you will also find BCE and CE quite common for Before Current Era and Current Era. It also isn't that our government chose that but it had become the unofficial standard for the world until quite recently when it became the standard.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Yes, the trick is on us. We also speak English, which means we must all be subjects of the Queen.

    No one alive today is responsible for the calendar we have (derived from the Roman calendar, by the by), nor are we responsible for the rough start date. The fact that we note the year as 2008 doesn't mean we accept anything beyond that our calendaring system started about 2008 years ago.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Actually, starting about about 1997, historians began to use B.C.E. (before common era) and C.E. (common era). The vast majority of historians now follow and use this change in the time-line.

    Edit:

    Here are some sites that discuss the change further:

    http://www.religioustolerance.org/ce.htm

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Common_Era

    http://www.wisegeek.com/what-is-the-difference-bet...

  • 1 decade ago

    Gov't is not supposed to profess one religion over another. That was easier said in1776 when everybody was Christian and it was a choice between Catholicism and Protestantism. Now toss in agnostics, atheists, muslims, jews, LDS, they just have to keep them separate but will not fore go the 200+ years of symbolism that exists in our society.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    What do the designations BC and AD have to do with government? Last I checked the government didn't tell authors what abbreviations they could use in their books.

  • 1 decade ago

    God, while not called God but "The Creator" is all over our historical documents as well.

  • 1 decade ago

    you know scientists and scholars actually use B.C.E. and A.C.E. now?

    Before common Era and After Common Era.

    The politicoans are not worried about things like that, as it would do them no good in getting reelected.

    Sorry to destroy your argument.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Has it occurred to you that the government is not an individual?

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