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Christian Era

Christian Era \Christian Era\ The era in use in all Christian countries, which was intended to commence with the birth of Christ. The era as now established was first used by Dionysius Exiguus (died about 540), who placed the birth of Christ on the 25th of December in the year of Rome 754, which year he counted as 1 a. d. This date for Christ's birth is now generally thought to be about four years too late.

Christian era

Christian \Chris"tian\, a. 1. Pertaining to Christ or his religion; as, Christian people.

3. Pertaining to the church; ecclesiastical; as, a Christian court.
--Blackstone.

4. Characteristic of Christian people; civilized; kind; kindly; gentle; beneficent.

The graceful tact; the Christian art.
--Tennyson.

Christian Commission. See under Commission.

Christian court. Same as Ecclesiastical court.

Christian Endeavor, Young People's Society of. In various Protestant churches, a society of young people organized in each individual church to do Christian work; also, the whole body of such organizations, which are united in a corporation called the United Society of Christian Endeavor, organized in 1885. The parent society was founded in 1881 at Portland, Maine, by Rev. Francis E. Clark, a Congregational minister. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

Christian era, the present era, commencing with the birth of Christ. It is supposed that owing to an error of a monk (Dionysius Exiguus, d. about 556) employed to calculate the era, its commencement was fixed three or four years too late, so that 1890 should be 1893 or 1894.

Christian name, the name given in baptism, as distinct from the family name, or surname.

Usage examples of "christian era".

Redbrick high-rises rose in the distance behind an onshore archaeological site, whose Roman remains dated from the first centuries of the Christian era.

The art of making silk was known in China more than two thousand six hundred years before the Christian era, at the time when we find them first possessed of civilization.

Modern science had subsequently proved, however, that the bones and coffin lid dated from the early Christian era, that is, from 2500 years after the Pyramid Age, and thus represented the ‘.

The fact that it was essentially (if accidentally) the brainchild of someone who lived in the twentieth century, Christian Era, boggled my mind then as it does now, but not nearly as much as the experience itself.

Until the last century or so before the Christian era, the Mongol and the Nordic peoples had not been in close touch.

Single combat had been common throughout the world in the pre-Christian era and endured in some places through the Middle Ages.

But they who most unpardonably calumniate this Christian era, are the very men who either themselves fled for asylum to the places specially dedicated to Christ, or were led there by the barbarians that they might be safe.

We only know it in the relatively developed form it had taken towards the beginning of the Christian era, and in the course of the ensuing centuries among the brunches of the ancient Teutonic nation.

CHAPTER SEVENTEEN: A wind-driven mist whistled around the ancient and abandoned port of Caesarea, Palestine, and its heaps of rubble, broken walls, and moss-covered harbor which was in use four hundred years before the Christian era.

Early in the Christian era, most of those same hallmarks (with the notable exception of pottery) appeared on the islands of eastern Polynesia, including the Societies and Marquesas.

It seemed quite impossible that in this Christian era, such a secular force could exist.