Calendar Reform

A change in an existing calendar. The calendar currently in use in most nations, the Gregorian, is the result of a calendar reform in 1582 that corrected two erroneous suppositions of the Julian calendar, which had been in use since 45 B.C.—namely that the year contains exactly 365¼ days and that 235 lunar months exactly equal 19 solar years. That revision corrected an accumulated error of 10 days and stopped the calendar from slipping farther out of line with the seasons. ( See SB , Nos. 360–363 , or any standard encyclopedia.) This article concerns itself only with those attempts to reform the calendar that have occurred during the history of the Seventh-day Adventist Church and that, if adopted, would have disrupted the historic cycle of the week. Calendar reform that would leave i...

From the Seventh-day Adventist Encyclopedia. Published with permission from the Review and Herald Publishing Association.