If they check out, you may proceed, but with input from other people, especially pastor and parents.
You may go out together, but not without some form of chaperone, this can be parents, siblings or (in more liberal circles) friends.
If you read the book of Ruth (read between the lines) you will find her method quite risqué.
Arranged marriage was also fairly common, I wouldn’t recommend that either.
All the time your should be evaluating the other person in terms of marriage, in the event of shortcomings, terminate the relationship.
If both parties can sustain the scrutiny for 12 months, you get married.
On the flip side, if courting doesn’t work out, then we have a train wreck extraordinaire.
Courting is the same game, just with all the commitment up front and the intimacy pushed to the end. Has JH saved thousands of women from unnecessary heartache? Has JH condemned thousands of women to the heartache of remaining single for the rest of their lives, because the barrier-to-entry at the front gate was set too high. If things work out – the couple end up getting married – then it’s all good. The question really is about emotional harm when things don’t work out.
Courting is also a process by which two people get to know each other and possibly end up getting married.
It starts quite seriously, with an earnest evaluation of the other party with respect to marriage, if they don’t fit – reject immediately.
Immediately it is obvious, that these two approaches are almost opposites.
With dating, two people edge into the relationship, commitment comes as the relationship progresses.