Time & the Calendar

About: Why are we in 2018 when the Earth is 4.05 billion years old? - Quora

The use of the calendar is not synchronous with the age of the Earth.  The calendar is a Christian thingy mostly as a result of the 

Earth is around 4.5 billion years old, life began on earth around 3.8 billion years ago with cells such as bacteria, there is evidence of migrations of humans from 2 million years ago, and as well as evidence of anatomically modern humans 200,000 years ago, and probably reaching behavioral modernity ~50,000 years ago.

You may have heard people use A.D. when referring to dates after the birth of Jesus Christ this was established to keep track of Christian chronology by a monk named Dionysius Exiguss. This method to keep track of time was ‘created’ around 533 years after the birth of Christ, which was calculated based on all the previous methods created to tell time. This method had some flaws, but it was easier to remember than all the other systems, not to mention that it gained popularity in the 9th century when the Holy Roman Emperor Charlemange used the system in the government; all of Western Europe had adopted the B.C./A.D. system by the 15th century.

A little bit of history, but my point is, our society established the calendar we use today, and the fact that we are now living in the year 2018 is due to the use of this calendar. If our society had established a calendar that did not follow Christ’s birth, and used a different reference, then maybe we would be in a different year (numeric wise), perhaps year 200K. Just to be clear, our calendar does not measure how old Earth is. Hope this helps.

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  2. time
  3. christian
  4. earth age

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Mark de LA says
The question really is how much humanity was around before Christ was born? What was the language & etymology going way back (In the beginning God created the heaven & the Earth etc.  Genesis 1. ) to the first rational humans?

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