What Do BC, AD, BCE, and CE Stand For and What is the Difference Between Them When Referring to Dates?

In 525 AD the Christian church introduced a calendar using the year of Christ’s birth, 1 AD, or “Anno Domini,” as the starting point.

Earlier events were BC, or “Before Christ.”

Uncomfortable with these references, non-Christians replaced BC with BCE for “Before the Common Era” and AD with CE, the “Common Era.”

what do bc ad bce and ce stand for and what is the difference between them when referring to dates
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