Dating as a socially accepted means of finding a mate has been around for less than a century.
Before that, strict courtship rituals governed the path to marriage.
The church has reached a difficult crossroads when it comes to pre–marriage romance.
We no longer have rituals of courtship and arranged marriage to guide us every step of the way. It's also spawned a whole range of opinions and advice on how to handle dating.
One glance at the numerous books about love, dating, and marriage suggests that we're making a lot of this up as we go along.