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y brilliant son recently brought to my attention a blog post by Thomas Umstattd Jr.entitled, “Why Courtship is Fundamentally Flawed.” The title intrigued me since, as you will soon discover, I am a proponent of courtship as opposed to “dating.” I was even more intrigued when I found out that Thomas was homeschooled, and that he was the founder of a website called, “Practical Courtship.
Let me say at the outset that although I disagree with Mr. It is clear that there are issues that he and many of his peers face that we who support courtship need to address.Before I dive into my response a note of background is in order.I am a homeschooling father of 3 children (age 15, 13, and 10 at the time of this writing) who advocates courtship in contrast with dating.I attended public school through high school graduation.I dated in my youth and early adult life, and was never taught the ideas related to home education or courtship when I was young.I discovered virtually everything I know and believe about the subjects of launching the next generation from the study of Scripture, the study of history, and the observation of both successful and unsuccessful families. Before I address specifically the points raised in the blog post I want to establish an overarching understanding.
An idea or concept and operating under the guise of that idea are not the same thing.
It is a common fallacy to criticize an idea or philosophy when what needs to be criticized is the misuse of the idea’s name by those who are not congruent with the idea at all. Any Christian who has done evangelism has run across the “I am against organized religion,” objection.
People will say things like, “Christianity has created so much violence.
Just look at the the Inquisition.” To criticize Christianity because people calling themselves Christians acted in an abhorrent way is a non-sequitur.
The Inquisition must be evaluated independent of a critique of Christianity itself, and an objective analysis that compares Christianity’s teachings to the behavior of the Inquisitors has to be a part of that evaluation.
The criticism of corporal punishment is another common example.