An Exposé of the Courtship & Betrothal Movements


            The teaching of 'courtship', and more recently 'betrothal', has become quite a phenomenon in the American home schooling community. So popular are such ideas becoming that the New York Times recently did a front page article on this movement.  There are a myriad of books and websites devoted to such ideas, while teachers such as Bill Gothard and Jonathan Lindvall are attracting large audiences with their authoritarian teachings.

           As I have researched this teaching over the past four years, and spoken with people who have practiced it, I have become increasingly concerned. Churches are literally splitting over the issue, families are being divided and broken through it, and individual lives are being ruined by this unscriptural ideology.

           On this website I have presented some scholarly essays that explain exactly what this teaching is and why I believe it to be unbiblical and destructive.



What are the Courtship & Betrothal Movements?



Emotional Purity & Broken-Heart Syndrome



Betrothal & Emotional Purity:

A Biblical, Historiographical Approach



God in the Back






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