What is courtship dating
I reject (my opinion) this modern fascination with “discerning who God wants you to marry.” Obviously we want to discern God’s will in all things to the best of our ability, but what exactly are we discerning and how precise can we be with our discernment?In my extensive reading of history, here is how it has always been done: The discernment process has always been whether or not to get married, not to whom one gets married.We might be being prudent, but let’s not deceive ourselves and say that is traditional.
Therefore, though the two would be left alone, it would be outdoors, in public, etc., places where they could talk freely but would not be able to act on any temptation.
Therefore, we ought to not be all excited about saying we prefer “courting” to dating.
However, courting later did come to take on a more respectable tone: paying a lady a visit in her home (i.e., her court), presumably in the presence of her family, with a stated or unstated romantic intention.
Interestingly enough, the term dating first comes from the Victorian era (around 1898), a period of much stricter morals than the late Renaissance.
Dating had an innocuous meaning originally: simply having a date or appointment set with someone.