One question that has come up on a few discussion groups that I have been on is how popular are the concepts that Joshua Harris promoted (but certainly didn’t pioneer) about Dating and Courtship?
From what I have seen, it was more of a “fad” that came and went. I don’t sense that what he promotes is that widely practiced anymore. I have looked on a few used book store web sites and found I can purchase a copy of his first book about kissing dating goodbye for $1.00 plus handling. That kind of confirms what I thought. Other churches in same area around Harris’s church haven’t adopted the system he promoted.
I am sure it will remain in groups like Sovereign Grace who incidentally introduced it to their group before Josh Harris was grade school age. I am sure it will go on in other groups but it seems to come and go.
It certainly may have done some good things for the body of Christ (as Joshua likes to point out) like challenging singles on their beliefs and reminding them of their need for purity in relationships etc. I am sure it has also left some “wounds” and missed opportunities for people both to get to know each other and marry.
Does anyone have any thoughts or comments on this?