Dating courtship absolutely
Raunikar: Courtship a relationship / process begun with full approval of both sets of parents (or an accountability couple if not possible) with the intent to consider marriage, and to become acquainted through family and group activities.Barth: Courtship - "a process by which a mature young man or young lady of marriageable age, along with their parents, seek to discern their God-given life partner.
I have tried to be very careful to not misrepresent these teachings and to present them as fairly as possible.
Bill Gothard was teaching a "biblical" dating back in the early 1970s, that advocated all young men being approved by the girls father before ever having a date, and again before marriage was ever discussed with the girl.
Gothard indicates he was influenced in his early adulthood by a Christian speaker (perhaps even the same one Elisabeth Elliot mentions that influenced her during her Bible School days).
Harris: Courtship "Dating with a purpose; friendship plus possibility; and romance chaperoned by wisdom." A relationship with a clearly defined direction.
"A reformed version of dating under the supervision of parents between a man and a woman who are ready for marriage in the near future." Myers: Courtship - consists of three main elements: 1) accountability to parents and other trusted adults; 2) building each others character rather than focusing on physical attraction; and 3) waiting to develop serious relationships until you are ready to get married.In Thompsons, betrothal is a stage that follows courtship.