His choice also eliminated another problem he found troubling: dating events from the reign of an emperor who had killed so many Christians.The only problem with this dating system was that no one knew when Jesus of Nazareth was born.Likewise, Pentecost and the origin of the Christian Church should not be dated to “33 AD,” but to about 26 CE.An even greater problem still exists with the BC/AD system: the year of Jesus’ birth differs depending on which Gospel one reads.In Mesopotamia, for example, one might date an event as “five years from the reign of King Shulgi” and, in Egypt, as “three years after the last Opet Festival of Ramesses who was the second of that name” or, otherwise, “In the 10th year of the reign of Ramesses who triumphed at Kadesh”.This method of dating was continued by the Romans who counted their years according to three different systems in different eras: from the founding of Rome, by which consuls were in power, and by which emperors ruled at a given time.The use of BCE/CE certainly has become more common in recent years but it is not a new invention of the “politically correct” nor is it even all that new; the use of “common era” in place of A. first appears in German in the 17th century CE and in English in the 18th.The use of this designation in dating has nothing to do with “removing Christ from the calendar” and everything to do with accuracy when dealing with historical events.
If we also add the missing year zero, it is most likely that, according to the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus was born around 7 BCE!
He did not begin his efforts at reforming the calendar to accurately date the birth of Jesus of Nazareth; he did it in accordance with the wishes of the pope of the time who wanted Constantine’s vision realized.
The Easter celebration of the resurrection was considered the most important of the church and Constantine, and those in power who followed him, wanted the event observed by all churches on the same day.
THE USE OF BCE/CE HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH “REMOVING CHRIST FROM THE CALENDAR” & EVERYTHING TO DO WITH HISTORICAL ACCURACY.
Julius Caesar (100-44 BCE) reformed the calendar and renamed the months during his reign (49-44 BCE).