It was not actually developed until 525 AD, when the entrance of the Christ into the world was recognized as being the turning point of history, and our calendars were made to reflect that.3 In regard to the use of BCE and CE, these are more recent developments.
In most usages, BCE stands for “Before the Common Era,” and CE stands for “Common Era.” BCE is used in place of BC, and CE is used in place of AD.
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Many Christians do not like either of these changes, but they can, of course, interpret the letter “C” in the BCE and CE designations as referring to “Christian” or “Christ’s” without taking offense in what many see as an attempt to delegitimize or eliminate Christ from the calendar.