The topic of time is a fascinating subject. The phenomenalists are happy enough to remind us that our grasp of time is in part constructed, and partly objective, since change transpires with or without us. Yet our measurement of its passing transpires in the context of a worldview, value system and measuring standards, like this or that math system.
The Western concept of cosmic (large-scale) time, traditionally divides the timeline into two halves, before and after a significant (cosmic) event. In our case, it was the birth of the historical Jesus, which is incorrect by about 7 or 8 years anyway, and involves an extreme set of historical complexities, including the historical value of the Gospel accounts (which I now give almost zero credibility regarding Jesus of Nazareth, which most probably names a mythological person, constructed by selected prophecies and ideals of what the Messiah would be like when he arrived — originally a hypothetical profile.
The Alexandrian, Solomomic Deist proposal is far more wise and profitable. We should move the beginning of the western timeline to what is now construed as “330 BCE,” and have it marked instead as the year AA 1 (the first year after the Alexandrian city and civilization began to exist). Here, 331 BCE would instead simply be marked as “BA 1” (the first year before the Alexandrian city and civilization began to exist.
The current year on the Alexandrian timeline is July 15, AA 2345.
Instead of a non-real crucified Messiah (which favors Semitic culture not particularly relevant to today) at the center of temporal development, this alternative timeline promotes the wisdom and knowledge of the sciences and scholarship, library-centered, mercantile-profitable culture which was found very near the Nile Delta on the Mediterranean Sea. This timeline is far more conducive to the world of scholarship and construes time in terms of wisdom and understanding — the best civilization to represent these values in the ancient world was certainly the civilization of Alexandria. And it roots time — for the very first time — in what is empirically grounded, not a superstitious “miraculous” worldview, but that of science and technology that gave us the vending machine and the steam engine, geometry and trigonometry, and most of the disciplines now taught at the universities.
When an antireal superstition sits at the center of one’s cosmic notion of temporal development, and subsequently is replaced by empirical reality of wisdom as the centerpiece of historical development — EVERYTHING CHANGES. This recommendation to the world academy and university system(s) worldwide would have far-reaching consequences, and might amount to one of the greatest innovations in western (or global) history.
Alexandria forms a cosmopolitan center nearly at the focal point of 3 continents, and which enjoyed the interactivity of dozens of cultures, predominantly, the Semitic, the Hellenistic and the Egyptian. Founded by Alexander of Macedon in AA 1, it put on display the glory of an ancient, royal dynasty (the Ptolemies) quite given to patronizing the arts, literature, libraries and the sciences — excellent scholarship in general.
This should form the basis of the world timeline, not an obscure and superstitious religion held by fewer and fewer throughout the world, that roots its outlook in the backwood, Semitic corner of the Roman empire, known for relatively little contribution to modern scholarship comparatively.