Introducing Soulmatch

"Well, somebody has to arrange the matches. Young people can't decide these things themselves."
--From the hit Broadway show, "Fiddler on the Roof"

Dear Beliefnet Reader,

I'm not quite that pessimistic about the ability of "young people" to find mates. But I think we all could use some help. That's why Beliefnet has decided to launch a values-oriented, spiritually attuned

online dating service called Soulmatch



As you know, Beliefnet's mission is to help people meet their spiritual needs. It's hard to think of a more important need than the desire to find someone to love and who will love you. We wanted to offer a service that would help people match on a much deeper level. Not only a physical match or an age match-but a



We started by looking at the research on the characteristics of successful relationships. Most of the studies seem to share this conclusion: having compatible values is a critical factor. In some cases, those values are grounded in faith and in other cases they're not. What matters most is being on the same ethical wavelength. (More on what





So we devised a revealing (but fun) questionnaire that will help you display your most important character traits and enable you to find someone with whom you can connect on a deep level. A few sample questions:

  • "The last time I lied and was sure it was the right thing to do..."

  • "If you could retire one of the 'seven deadly sins' to make room for a new one, which would you lose and what would you add?"

  • "What do you consider the most spiritual experiences?"

  • "Imagine this: a tornado is minutes away from your home. You get your pets and loved ones to safety and have just enough time to run back and grab 3 things. Everything else will be destroyed. What would you save?"

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