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PostPosted: February 26th, 2005, 9:23 pm 
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These questions are for a college research paper. If you wouldn't mind just answering below, or dropping the answers to me in a message--any feedback would be greatly appreciated!

There is no need to rewrite the question—just use the corresponding number and include your response. There is no right or wrong answer—be honest! Question Number 4 is optional—if you prefer not to answer, please leave blank or enter no disclosure.

1. How do you define the terms B.C and/or A.D.?

2. How do you define the terms C.E. and/or B.C.E.?

3. Which term do you prefer to use?

4. What is your religious affiliation?

5. Do you feel these terms do or do not have religious meaning?

6. Additional Comments:


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1. "Before Christ" (I think there's a more literal meaning, though) and "Anno Domini."
2. "Common Era" and "Before the Common Era."
3. the latter.
4. Jewish
5. BC and AD clearly have religious connotation. CE and BCE do not, in themselves, have religious meaning. However, the latter terms have come to be identified with Judaism because of the Jews' preference in using it. I don't know if other non-Christian religions have a similar reference.


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PostPosted: March 2nd, 2005, 3:16 pm 
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author40--Thank you for your feedback--I've received 51 responses (49 to go) and the diversity in the feedback has been incredible and most helpful. Thanks for the taking the time out to respond :)


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PostPosted: March 3rd, 2005, 7:45 am 
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1. BC: Before Christ; AD: After (Christ's) Death
2. CE: Current Era; BCE: Before Current Era
3. BC and AD, as they are more prevalent and "era" could be ambiguous, depending on your philosophical interpretation.
4. Atheist.
5. BC and AD certainly have religious significance, but because the terms are so widespread I don't feel it's particularly strict. Consider the "In God We Trust" printed on US currency -- no denomination, simply a leaning if you will.
6. People are often surprised that I'm atheist yet not militant -- not all of us are, in fact, not many of us choose to be. It's more of a "to each his own" philosophy.

Best of luck with your research!


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PostPosted: March 3rd, 2005, 8:57 am 
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Quote:
1. How do you define the terms B.C and/or A.D.?

2. How do you define the terms C.E. and/or B.C.E.?

3. Which term do you prefer to use?

4. What is your religious affiliation?

5. Do you feel these terms do or do not have religious meaning?

6. Additional Comments:


1. B.C.: Before Christ
A.D.: As a child I thought it meant "After Death" -- later on, I learned that it means: Anno Domini, or the Year of our Lord.

2. Common Era and Before the Common Era

3. CE and BCE

4. Muslim

5. Yes, I believe these terms have religious significance -- I also feel that way about CE and BCE because the "common era" is still defined by the birth of Jesus.

I prefer CE in particular because it is more neutral. Muslims believe that Jesus was a prophet, but we could not call him "Our Lord," which is the literal meaning of AD (The Year of our Lord).

I'd be interested to hear the results of your study when you are finished.

Thanks,
Hope


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PostPosted: March 3rd, 2005, 2:53 pm 
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Mayntz and Hope,

Thank you both for your candid responses. Again, my appreciation to both of you and those that have messaged me with their responses. I've 57 diverse responses as of right now, and a backup plan for the balance should the need arise (looks like I'll be fine though :)

Hope, if you would drop me your email via private message, or anyone else who is interested, I'd be happy to share the raw compilation of the results.

-Christine


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