If you are familiar with computer programming terminology, you can liken dating to a sub-routine that has been added to the system of courtship.Over the course of this two-part article, I would like to trace how this change occurred, especially concentrating on the origin of this dating "subroutine." Let me begin by briefly suggesting four cultural forces that assisted in moving from, as Alan Carlson puts it, the more predictable cultural script that existed for several centuries, to the multi-layered system and (I think most would agree) the more ambiguous courtship system that includes "the date." The first, and probably most important change we find in courtship practices in the West occurred in the early 20th century when courtship moved from public acts conducted in private spaces (for instance, the family porch or parlor) to private or individual acts conducted in public spaces, located primarily in the entertainment world, as Beth Bailey argues in her book, . They would go to banquets and eat things like soup, wine and meat. Trade was important because it let goods like spices or silk move around. Life during the Renaissance (1450-1600) was interesting. After it, people thought that they had rediscovered the culture of the Roman Empire. The social classes were government, citizens, and poor people. They could eat more expensive things, and liked to travel. The Black Death influenced the development of the Renaissance. Your class was determined by your job, money, and if you had government power. They ate a lot of bread, and if you were a French citizen you ate a lot of soup. One of the most obvious changes was that it multiplied the number of partners (from serious to casual) an individual was likely to have before marriage.So one important point to understand right up front (and about which many inside and outside the church are confused) is that we have not moved a dating system into our courtship system.
Their houses were really small with a maximum of four rooms. They had lots of free time and enjoyed telling stories. We’re a donor-funded ministry, and we rely on friends like you to help keep us going!The Renaissance of the 12th century was a period of many changes at the outset of the high Middle Ages.Bailey observes that by the 1930s and '40s, with the advent of the "date" (which we will look at more fully in the next installment) courtship increasingly took place in public spaces such as movie theaters and dance halls, removed by distance and by anonymity from the sheltering and controlling contexts of the home and local community.