Jul 21, 2019
Dave Warnock, a former conservative
Evangelical pastor and church leader for almost 40 years and
guest of the show
, began a process of de-conversion several
years ago. At first calling himself an agnostic, he gradually began
to embrace the word ‘Atheist’, as he does what he can to
de-stigmatize this word (which simply means “non-theist”). Dave’s
leaving the Christian faith came at huge cost with the loss of
almost his entire community of friends, the breakup of his 37 year
marriage, and the Christian “shunning” by two of his three
children, which has also deprived him of being a part of his six
grandchildren’s lives to this day.
Given how life can be random, chaotic, and unpredictable, on
February 26, 2019 Dave received the devastating diagnosis of ALS
(Lou Gehrig’s disease).
Suddenly for Dave this precious and brief life became infinitely
more precious and incredibly brief. Instead of succumbing to the
depression, anger, and hopelessness this debilitating fatal
diagnosis often brings, Dave immediately decided to begin “Dying
Out Loud,” - living life to the fullest and making plans to travel
as much of the world as his body will allow - seeing places he's
never been to and spending time with people he knows and loves,
while also experiencing the joy of meeting new people and
cherishing the beautiful “moments” life offers to all of us.
Follow his adventure on Facebook
as he seeks to grab as many moments as he can.
taped this conversation on April 15, 2019.
Dave's deconversion story is on episode 107.
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