The goal of Christian theological anthropology as an academic discipline is daunting: a comprehensive account of scripture’s teaching about humanity in relation to God.
You become judgmental.’Professor Harry Reis, who led the research into the efficacy of internet dating, said that skimming over the profiles and pictures of hundreds of potential mates encouraged a ‘shopping’ mentality.
Another issue is that singletons who spend weeks or even months emailing a potential mate before meeting them often have unrealistic expectations.‘Also, he’s unlike any man I’d gone for before.
After travelling during her 20s, she decided she was ready to settle down. charts her often hilarious online exploits, says it can be difficult to trust what men tell you — whether it’s a white lie about their appearance or more serious fabrications.‘While I’ll never know for sure, I think he’d split up from her when he first went on the internet.
While she had plenty of male friends, nothing developed romantically, so she signed up to a dating site. But they got back together, probably when he first disappeared, and later he wanted a bit on the side.‘Some are upfront, but many are not honest.
A major reason for this focus is the current debate among Christian scholars whether body-soul dualism or some kind of monism best represents the teaching of scripture.
Historically and existentially, the body–soul relation is primarily a religious issue that has to do with death and the afterlife.
Traditionally, women might have had one or two boyfriends before getting married; now, they are encouraged to date lots of people in a quest to find a perfect partner.
With an unlimited number of other people on offer via the internet, there’s little incentive to work it out if things get tough.
And with the cloak of anonymity the net provides, it’s never been easier to be unfaithful.‘The internet has opened up this sense of “Where do I stop? ‘In previous generations, people met a partner and accepted they wouldn’t be perfect in every aspect, but internet dating is like a chocolate box that never stops giving.