I like your web site. I find your faithlessness inspiring. One
when you write the year as "2002," you are accepting a chronology that
"Jesus Christ" at the center point of human history. We can do
We are calling on reputable heretics around the globe to join this
secular cause: the establishment of a new secular chronology.
About six years ago, I founded a "little movement." Today it's still
little movement but there are indications that it could grow
We continue to hear of more usage and acceptance of this chronology.
recent Associated Press article is a good example. We're talking
full page graphic that appeared in many newspapers around the world
1/1/2. It's a virtual declaration of the new era (we call it the
Era, they said "fresh chapter in time"). The article can be found
The wording is very precise and calculated. It says that this is Year One
a "fresh chapter in time."
There is a big Year One, under which we have:
"Purists argued that the new millennium began in
though most of the world chose the year before
celebrate a fresh chapter in time."
It doesn't say most people celebrated the wrong year: it says most
chose to celebrate a fresh chapter in time on 01/01/00. If this is
of the fresh chapter in time, then the previous year must have been
I spoke with the author of that article (he knew of our campaign).
he got it right and, of course, it's consistent with what we have
saying for some years now: we have a new millennium and a new era --
time to reset the year numbering such that 2000 = Year Zero. If
accepted, it would give the civil calendar a clean break from the
calendar -- something that "C.E." could never accomplish (C.E. was an
attempt to remove the label but not the substance).
The AP article uses the "when the millennium begins" issue as a wedge,
as we did with our original proposal six years ago. Then there is an
of the earth surrounded by many facts illustrating that the era we are
in is far different from anything seen before with many new
and challenges -- both encouraging and discouraging. This has also
main part of our proposal all along: we are in a different era. Why
acknowledge this fact with a new chronology?
Our movement has grown over the past two years without much
from its founders. We think it will continue to grow and eventually
hold, with or without further assistance from us. If we're right
that, why should you do anything to help move this project
Societies have become more secular -- especially over the past 200
However, as we all know, there are still problem spots where the
fanatics foil progress. For example, there are those that would
reduce the world to a battleground between the Islamists and the
Reconstructionists. Secularization is a process. It is
incomplete but it
must continue. The sooner the better.
The establishment of a secular chronology may or may not be *the* answer
it can certainly be part of the answer. The fact that we all go by
calendar is an important part of Christian Triumphalism. We believe
removing "the year of our lord" from the civil calendar will help the
There are four main things we are asking right now:
1. Reciprocal Link
If you add a link to Go2Zero on your web site, we'll reciprocate.
They could be categorized as follows: warnings (mostly from Christian
commentators), exhortations ("Hey look at this!" with or without
characterizing Go2Zero for readers), matter-of-fact directories on
millennial matters, and outright supporters. Supporters or not, they
help spread the idea.
2. Sign our Page
Our sign-up page on the Internet was off-line for more than two
recently repaired the script (computer code) so that we are again ready
3. Make a Pledge in Support of Our Survey
This project is explained under the "Organizing Efforts" topic on our
site. Here is the direct URL.
4. Use It, Talk About It
Write "Year Two" on correspondence, forms, checks, etc. whenever
"Tell a Friend."
The Christian Response
Some predicted that Christians would strongly oppose the idea (thus
our effort). This has not been the case. The Christian response
proposal has been very interesting. The Christian Right has
alarm, but more moderate and educated Christians seem to have no real
Here is an article that was in WORLD magazine a few years ago, followed
two derivative articles by Joseph Farah. Despite the sarcastic tone,
authors acknowledge that there is a logic to it and hint that it
happen (Farah said, "Is the notion really that far-fetched?").
The Christian Right knows they can do nothing to stop our campaign.
"warnings" actually increased the popularity of our campaign and they
The Christian Science Monitor was more neutral (our campaign is discussed
the last few paragraphs of this article):
The spade work and planting has been done. The new chronology is easy
use and it will be cheap to implement (in case you're wondering, it
nothing to do with computers--most computer systems are already Year
compatible, able to display dates with 2-digit years). We need your
so this can be accomplished soon to maximize the benefits of a more
Join our "little movement" today! It *can* be done. We can show
people with initial negative reactions turned around to favor the
once they understood more about it. You will be in good company,
prominent scholars such as Olov Ostberg, Paul Kurtz, and Richard
Other authors backing the idea include novelist James Morrow.