1 year ago
Last edited at 6:19AM on 2/15/2013
Wouldn't that number keep changing everytime they found a new fossil? How about we use the age of the planet, today is Feb. 15th, 4 billion, 6 hundred million, 8 thousand, 3 hundred and fifty seven ... whew! I'll stick to 2013, thanks.
1 year ago
Last edited at 6:35AM on 2/15/2013
"If it ain't broke don't fix it". The Gregorian calender is a convention for recording time periods used by much of the world and it would be far too costly and inconvenient to change it. (Just look up some history about how annoyed people got when their countries switched over from the Julian calender to the Gregorian).
To be picky, the Gregorian calender doesn't count the years from Jesus's *death* but from his *birth* - AD stands for "Anno Domini" meaning "In the Year of Our Lord".
Time keeping started when the Pope Gregory XIII thought that it's current calendar was too difficult so he asked his scientists to come up with a new system and after a while they they came up with the Gregorian calendar. The "Anno Domini" was made afterward to make a split between before time keeping and after. first adopted by catholics and pre Gregorian was the Julien calendar.
If suppose we start from that and suppose some 50 to 70 years after that again we dig out some fossils may be some thousands of years than the previous one, will we change all the books and history accordingly, DO YOU REALLY JUSTIFY IT.? After lab / carbon test we are not sure about the exact age of the fossils. It varies and varies to some hundred to thousands of years.
The reason why we keep this calendar is because the Christian church got SO powerful as a result of politics and local conditions, they were able to basically 'force' the usage on everyone. Worldwide. This was done, because the Church realized there was 'something' wrong with the earlier calendar. The seasons were changing day by day, coming earlier each year. So, they were convinced by a mathematician to adopt the 'new' calendar. Since, in the Christian world, their whole existence was based upon the birth of Jesus, they started the calendar on that year. This is ONE instance where the church Heirarchy didn't excommunicate, kill or shun some one, simply because they dared to 'correct' what the Church elders believed.