While many courtship advocates see it as the only choice for finding a mate, others find it oppressive and overly controlling.
First and foremost, dating is a time when a Christian finds out if his or her potential marriage partner is also a believer in Christ.
God calls us to first establish a strong relationship with Him, before any other.
He will then guide our steps, both as we seek a marriage partner, and always. This prevents a women in selling her body and a man buying it.
Courtship takes the position that the two people have no physical contact at all (no touching, no hand-holding, no kissing) until marriage.
Many in a courtship relationship will not spend any time together unless family members, preferably parents, are present at all times.