Some have argued that the religious significance of the BC/AD method has already been largely forgotten, so the need for change is not readily apparent.
Eventually many areas of the Western world adopted the less Christ-centered term "Common Era." Historical dates occurring before the year 1 CE would be considered BCE, short for "Before Common Era." The relatively new BCE/CE reference for historical dates has had its share of supporters and critics.
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The term BC is short for "Before Christ." Historical dates before the birth of Christ become smaller as they approach the theoretical but non-existent Year Zero.
Historical dates after the birth of Christ are classified as AD, short for the Latin phrase , or "in the year of our Lord." Contrary to popular belief, AD does not stand for "After Death." The BC/AD system for identifying historical dates has been in continuous use ever since the earliest part of the Middle Ages, at least.