Purpose of dating bible
In section 1 there is an important caveat about what living together means.A basic distinction must first be made between people who intend marriage and live together first, and people who live together with no intention of marriage.This is the distinction between pre-nuptial and non-nuptial cohabitation.70% of marrying couples in the UK lived together before their first marriage in the early 90s (the figure is rising, and is higher still for people intended further marriage).
What then do we know about living together as a prolegomenon to theological work?Many more lived together but did not marry (more about them below).While wishing to incorporate pre-nuptial living together into a Christian framework of marriage, it is difficult to see how Christian traditions could ever incorporate non-nuptial cohabitation into a marital framework.The phrase living together before marriage makes certain basic assumptions .
One of these is that marriage is a temporal event which gives credence to talk of before and after: another is that this event is singular (i.e., the only one offered, which fulfils several functions); another is that the event decides when, in a couples life they can start living together and having sex.
Others are trying out their suitability for marriage - called (in the trade) the weeding hypothesis.