I figured that here I would talk about dating conventions because I will eventually be posting about ancient and medieval battles as well.
The question is A.D. & B.C. or C.E. & B.C.E.?
The current convention says that C.E. & B.C.E standing for Common Era & Before Common Era are what we should use in modern scholarship. The reasoning is that A.D. & B.C. are religious in nature and therefore exclusionary terms. Sorry, I call bullshit on that. A.D. & B.C. may be religious terms, I don’t dispute that, but they are also what people have been using for literally hundreds of years. Trying to change dating conventions because of some perceived inequality is just stupid. That is all there is to it. A.D. stands for Anno Domini, Latin for Year of our Lord while B.C. is plain English for Before Christ. On this blog I will use the Gregorian calendar with B.C. & A.D. and I will not care if people choose to get offended about it. B.C. & A.D. have been used for a long time and I will continue to use that dating convention despite some politically correct people’s feelings about it.
There has been some controversy over the use of the new dating conventions. See http://www.suite101.com/content/year-designations-bc-ad-bce-ce-in-schools-a172084 for one explanation of this silly debate; pay particular attention to the comment at the bottom.