I can paint you a picture of what I think you'd want to hear and possibly have a better chance of landing a date with you but I'd rather be honest on the front end so that the person you meet is the person you get. I'd hate to have some chemistry after meeting only to realize your image of me might be distorted at the very least.
I'm tall, laid back, intelligent and open minded. I believe strongly in the golden rule. If you have a great deal of trouble in applying something so simple as treating people how you'd like to be treated, then let's go ahead and move along. I strongly believe Financial wealth and social status do not equal happiness. Typically, the happiest people are those that appreciate the smaller things in life and aren't hung up on material items or social status. I challenge people around me to think deeper than the obvious and I like to be challenged as well.
As for religious views, I don't believe there is an answer to every question. There are questions that simply can't be answered with proven facts. For some reason there are those that feel the need to provide speculative answers to these questions as if these answers are based in proven facts. The word faith describes most peoples religious views and faith does not equal fact. Ignorance and intolerance remain intertwined while tolerance and open minded thinking will be the only way we will ever achieve spiritual peace and be able to coexist.
the first date....every situation is different...no point in canning a response that doesn't mean much. I'd be interested in going somewhere that we can have a conversation and feel relaxed. I'm flexible and adaptive and decisive so I'm up for anything that will allow you to let your hair down and open up.