D., so that they do not risk offending non-Christian students.
Although, as explained in the article GENERAL CHRONOLOGY, the monk known as Dionysius Exiguus, when resident in Rome, c.
527, seems to have been the first to initiate the practice of calculating years from the birth of Christ and although it was undoubtedly he who identified the year of Christ's birth with the year 753 of the foundation of Rome, as is still done in our current chronology, nevertheless it was not until long after the age of Dionysius Exiguus that the system came into common use.
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On the other hand, the last three agree in using the Christian Era and from this time the practice is continuous.
In the intervening year which breaks this series into two parts falls the death of Bede A. 735." Very noteworthy is the decree of an English synod held in 816, wherein it is prescribed that the bishop shall put the acts of the synod into writing and date them by the Era of the Incarnation.
What is more, we may notice the striking fact that the regular employment of the Christian Era in English charters began just at the period of Bede's pre-eminent influence.
It is only from about the year 679 that we are able to appeal to English charters of indisputable authenticity.
Geoff Barton, general secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, tried to explain at the time that religious issues are covered in other lessons."They might be teaching through conferences, they might be using citizenship lessons, they might be using assemblies," Barton said, according to BBC News.