Dating and courtship patterns in usa
At the time of Christ's birth, Mary was betrothed (or pledged) to Joseph. But because of Joseph's decision to "divorce her quietly" (Mt.
), it was obviously more serious than the type of engagement we practice today.
A "courtship covenant" was even developed to facilitate this: "Dedicating the years of my youth to God rather than being preoccupied with the opposite sex." Although it does seek to purge Christian youth of the "teenage dating syndrome," taken to an extreme such teaching creates a sort of monastic approach to relationships.Rather than Scripture, the origin of emotionalism was the "eighteenth century philosophical movement we now call Romanticism.