Courtship is the period of development towards an intimate relationship wherein a couple get to know each other and decide if there will be an engagement , followed by a marriage. A courtship may be an informal and private matter between two people or may be a public affair, or a formal arrangement with family approval. Traditionally, in the case of a formal engagement, it has been perceived that it is the role of a male to actively "court" or "woo" a female, thus encouraging her to understand him and her receptiveness to a marriage proposal. The average duration of courtship varies considerably throughout the world.
Courtship, Dating, and Marriage - MAPEH 8 (Health 2nd Quarter)
God forbids Christians to marry non-Christians, period! We have covered this ground. Let me add a note. This command does not require Reformed Presbyterians to marry other Reformed Presbyterians. We may think this is desirable but the command of God does not draw such a narrow circle. As noted in our discussion of 1 Corinthians , it is wise to settle doctrinal questions such as infant baptism and predestination before marriage. Differences can cause much heartache.
It happens before the couple becomes engaged or married and is usually meant to describe when a man is attempting to woo a woman, with marriage as the end goal. Dating has a more informal connotation and implies that the couple is not necessarily exclusive. Dating may be fleeting and occurs when two people take part in an activity, such as seeing a movie, having dinner, cooking a meal together or going to a concert. They may talk on the phone and exchange text messages, e-mails, flowers and letters.