An article at the Washington Post discusses ChristianMingle, a popular online Christian dating service. Perhaps you’ve seen the ads on TV.
ChristianMingle claims to “Find God’s match for you”.
Well, it must be true, because Ashley Reccord, who works for the site, says that
People have told us again and again that they wouldn’t have found each other without us and that they believe God used ChristianMingle to bring them together.
We don’t mean the ChristianMingle is the only place to find God’s match for you. But we’ve seen through our many success stories that God can bring people together through our site.
This is a perfect object lesson in holding extremely low, if non-existent, standards of evidence. Ms. Reccord seems quite sincere in her belief that the simple fact of couples getting together on ChristianMingle is evidence that God was pulling the strings. And because couples tell her it was God who brought them together, it must indeed have been God, no questions asked.
Never mind that secular dating sites also produce successes. Or that online dating does not seem to work any better than the traditional kind.
It’s rather a clever trick, really. Make the claim that God helps bring couples together on your site, and then go ahead and give him the credit for each success. You don’t even need to ask God for his help.
You don’t even need to believe in God.
All you have to do is sit back and watch believers sign up by the droves because you’ve told them that God will help them. Not only that, but when anyone fails to find a partner, they’ll do as most Christians do, and blame themselves, not God.
Seems like ChristianMingle has hit on a winner!
All joking aside, though, sites like ChristianMingle do offer an extremely valuable service simply by getting people of like-minded beliefs together. It must save quite a lot of awkward discussions about religious beliefs that probably occur on most general-purpose dating sites.
The company that owns ChristianMingle also has sites dedicated to Mormons, Jews, Adventists, and Catholics. Good for them.