My parents have brought me up to think that the only purpose to dating is to find someone to marry. I learned in Sociology that dating has nothing to do with marriage, but everything to do with the revolution from courtship. I'm so confused now. Everyone I talk to in my church believes the same way my parents do, but in high school they teach something totally different. They teach that dating is going out and having fun with someone you are romantically interested in. Marriage isn't even part of the equation of dating. That is what they call courtship. They call courtship old fashioned and they say "there's no need for that hogwash in society today." My parents say courtship and dating are the same thing. I'm confused. What is the REAL purpose of dating?
Update: You would find someone to marry by courting them. My teacher said that courtship and dating are two totally different concepts.