A guy must ask a girl’s dad first, then the guy must ask the girl, then the girl must say yes, then the couple can start seeing each other IN GROUPS (! If things go well for the first eight months or so, the couple may or may not be allowed to spend semi-unsupervised time together and possibly even (GASP! Once the young man has firmly established himself financially and is sufficiently godly, he can ask the girl to marry him. Both families, as well as lots of church members, must be involved in the entire process, from start to finish. There are so many variables in each relationship: the age of the couple, the spiritual maturity of the couple, whether or not both sets of parents are believers, how long the guy and girl have been a Christian, the ethnicity of the couple, and on and on.
To take some variation of the practices above and arbitrarily slap them onto a relationship can actually end up harming the relationship.
Example: dating the tree rings of a beam from a ruin in the American Southwest to determine when it was built.
When Josh Harris wrote I Kissed Dating Goodbye, he had good intentions.
The five yamas outline the principles in which how people should treat others.
They are often compared to the “Golden Rule;” you know, the rule you were taught in grade school when you stole your classmate’s pencil and then wondered why he stole your eraser the next week? Kindness in dating means acting in ways that would not be hurtful (e.g., standing a date up, not returning a call/text, or cancelling last minute).
Example: analyzing changes in tree growth patterns via tree rings to date a series of landslide events.
The science that uses tree rings to date and study past and present changes in glaciers.