English, history: AD vs CE

Tutoring English, conventions are important. The tutor brings up one he was curious about.

As far as I can determine, timewise, the two acronyms AD and CE have the same meaning. However, their literal meanings are different:

AD anno domini: year of our lord

CE: common era

The reason CE might be used is to avoid religious connection to a given topic.

Source:

bible.org

english.stackexchange.com

Jack of Oracle Tutoring by Jack and Diane, Campbell River, BC.

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