History of dating courtship
God’s plan of chastity before marriage and fidelity in marriage is still the best plan. I was not a virgin when I met Grace at the age of seventeen.We were sleeping together until God saved me in college and I got some decent Bible teaching about sex.Culture and Dating Sex outside of marriage is now the norm, a huge change from just a century ago. Here are some shocking statistics taken from my book, Religion Saves: The bottom line of all this is that Satan is still a liar.Though our culture wants to make cohabitation and casual sex seem normative and healthy, the statistics tell the truth—it’s destructive.Add to that the birth control pill and other contraceptive measures, and most of the cultural and practical reasons to restrict sexual activity outside of marriage were obliterated.The end result of all this is that today we live in a society that is overly sexualized, sees nothing wrong with experimenting, and views regular, unmarried sex as not only normal but also healthy.
In our culture, a man takes a woman on a date, spends lots of money, and by the world’s standards expects the woman to “put out.” The cultural history of dating is interesting.According to “Labor of Love: The Invention of Dating” (Farrar, Straus and Giroux), a sprawling new history by Moira Weigel, the first female daters faced exactly that — mistaken, in their quest for love, for prostitutes.As with concepts like the “teenager” and “middle-class,” dating is an historically recent invention, spurred by an influx of women into the big cities seeking work around the turn of the 20th Century.A History of Dating Mark Driscoll With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, I thought it might be helpful to remind Christians that we worship a single guy who died a virgin.For the first time in our nation’s history, there are more unmarried than married adults.