Elizabeth elliot courtship and dating
But on the controversial side, those Christians who still practiced “dating” were treated with spiritual contempt, among other things.
Plus, and sadly, a number of those marriages, founded upon Harris’ principles of “courtship,” ended in divorce anyway.
The book spread like wildfire through evangelical churches.
“Purity” and “courtship” were the watchwords of the day.
For example, there are those who teach that women are not to be in spiritual authority over men, because in their reading of 1 Timothy -15, such teachers contend that Eve was deceived; that is, from the text, “, ” because women are inherently more susceptible to becoming deceived than men.
Modern dating had simply become a training ground for divorce.Nevertheless, Josh Harris made the decision to ask the publisher to discontinue the publication of , along with two other books, that stress the same themes.The popular conservative, and indeed, Reformed, Christian blogger, Tim Challies, interestingly agrees with Josh Harris’ critical analysis of his own book: The type of self-chastisement that Josh Harris has been going through, despite being so confident in his previous views for so long, buoyed by constant affirmations of others who wanted to think the same way, can have devastating consequences.There had been infamously little published by Christian authors, about dating, throughout the 1980s into the early 1990s…. Sadly, the confusing and conflicting advice I got in my twenties, in those years, from other sincere Christians, did not help very much.However, there was Elisabeth Elliot‘s 1984 book, , that got passed around in my Inter Varsity Christian Fellowship circles.
Harris for years overlooked the views of his detractors.