The former is a religiously motivated way of dividing two major time periods in human history, while the latter is a modern, non-denominational way. is an abbreviation for Anno Domini - Latin for The Year Of Our Lord - used in the Gregorian Calendar to refer to the current era. literally means 'the 1945th year of our lord', the lord in question being Jesus Christ, providing a religious context and clearly distinguishing the time from an earlier era, where B. However, most Christians weren’t too fond of Diocletian, since he brutally persecuted them in the latter part of his reign in the late third / early fourth century.This was in part a response to advice Diocletian received at the oracle of Apollo at Didyma.
Earlier this year, the first print run of a four-volume Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization was pulped by its American academic publishers following an outcry that it was biased in favour of Christianity, evidenced by its use of BC and AD instead of BCE and CE.
Indeed, the root of the word anniversary is the Latin for “year.”Just as important years are widely used reference points in the lives of individuals, so they are for entire cultures. Although it is 2015 today in the United States, such a number might indicate a far different year in other cultures throughout history.
The next question might be, what qualifies as a year significant enough to base an entire dating system upon it?
As a result, his determination of the birth year of Christ was apparently off by about 4 years, but the error was not realized until centuries after the system had come into general use, leading to the strange circumstance that Christ was actually born in approximately 4 BC.
The designations BC and AD deserve a brief explanation at this point.
This began simply via seizing Christian’s property, destroying their homes, burning all Christian texts, etc.