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On Retaining The Traditional Method Of Calendar Dating ( B.c./a.d. )

WHEREAS, Historically, our (Gregorian) calendar marked the centrality of the incarnation of the Lord Jesus by the designation B.C. (before Christ) and A.D. (anno Domini [in the year of the Lord]); and

WHEREAS, Some recent publishing practices alter this designation in favor of B.C.E. (before common era) and C.E. (common era); and

WHEREAS, This practice is the result of the secularization, anti-supernaturalism, religious pluralism, and political correctness pervasive in our society.

WHEREAS, The traditional method of dating is a reminder of the preeminence of Christ and His gospel in world history; and

WHEREAS, This retention is a reminder to those in this secular age of the importance of Christ’s life and mission and emphasizes to all that history is ultimately His Story.

Therefore, be it RESOLVED, That the messengers to the Southern Baptist Convention, meeting in Orlando, Florida, June 13-14, 2000 A.D., encourage Southern Baptist individuals, churches, entities, and institutions to retain the traditional method of dating and avoid this revisionism.