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Today people marry because they love each other.” The way Lindvall arrives at this conclusion is through a rather convoluted form of reasoning.
He proposes an idea I have called “retroactive matrimony” since it implies marriage works backwards.
This came at a time when numbers of Christian young people and their parents were ready for something completely new when it came to romantic relationships — something that would serve as an antidote to the trends of the world. In reality, however, the movement that began was something very different from the one in the days when the custom of “courting” was regularly practiced.
Subtlety, and sometimes imperceptibly, “courtship” began to be a tool for an authoritarian pattern of relationships.
Young adults were beginning to be asked, not only to allow their parents a say in whom they married but, in some cases, to completely abdicate that decision into their parent’s hands.