In Some Evangelical Circles, Grown Men Pursuing Teens Isn't All That Unusual

The allegations against Roy Moore are fueling debates about how evangelicals approach gender and marriage.

In the fundamentalist Christian circles that Samantha Field grew up in, the word “courtship” doesn’t evoke romantic images of men and women batting eyelashes at each other in a parlor, or writing love poetry by candlelight.Rather, in these communities, “courtship” refers to an intricate set of rules and practices intended to help young people find godly, parent-approved spouses. While it’s meant to be beneficial and holy, this practice of courtship can also result in abuse ― particularly when...