For many, dating is a form of entertainment, something to do with one’s free time.They are two very different words, with different meanings, and indicate two different places in the process towards marriage.In fact, with regards to “dating” I should not be too quick to say that this term necessarily included in the process towards marriage.These terms are often used interchangeably, depending on which one the person feels most comfortable using.You never hear a non-Christian use this term at any time.I think a single Christian person using “courtship” to describe their dating life wants to psychologically believe they are doing something a little better, a bit more nobler than merely “dating”.
So courtship, just as a term, has meaning and value to a Christian.
However, among Christians, you still hear “courtship” and “dating” used interchangeably; indicating that many single people find the terms to mean the same thing.
Dating does not necessarily mean the persons are interested in marriage at all, let alone interested in determining if this person they are dating might be the person they should marry one day.
What is the difference between courtship and dating?
Is the only difference that dating is casual and courtship is exclusive with movement towards engagement?
I don't want to date more than one guy at a time, but I might not want to marry that one guy, either.