Thought LDS dating rules were draconian? ‘Courtship‘ is the trendy new (old) thing among Christian fundamentalists. Here are the basics:
(1) No dating.
(2) No dating-type-activities.
(3) Courting involves only marriagable man (i.e., financially capable of supporting a family).
(4) When a man is interested in a woman, he contacts her father.
(5) There are interviews of the man by the woman’s father.
(6) The courtship-ees then spend time together along with their families.
(7) Only late in the process do they talk alone together.
(8) Some will kiss once when they are engaged, some will have no physical contact until after they are wed.
So: Would LDS youth be better off ‘courting’ than dating? I think the answer is ‘generally, yes’. I have seen a few couples push the boundaries of physical affection more than they should. I have seen (and I have been) a starry-eyed young woman ready to marry for all the wrong reasons to a young man who would have never gotten out alive from an interview with my father. Probably the only element of courting that would need to be tweaked for the Saints is that we don’t expect a man to be able to support a family before he weds.
Anyone want to talk me down? Are there any advantages to dating that would be lost by courting?