My guest today is Dave Warnock. Dave was an Evangelical christian for almost 40 years. Many of those years were spent in ministry in one form or another. Dave decoverted around seven years ago. His deconstruction and deconversion cost him close family relationships. But he has found love, affection and support in the non-believing community.
In early 2019 Dave was diagnosed with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease), which is terminal. Rather than be overcome with grief, Dave began to talk honestly about dying as an atheist and living your best moments while you can. This became what is now known as “Dying Out Loud”. Dave is on a “world” podcast tour spreading his message of secular strength and hope even in the face of dire circumstances.
“Dying out loud is really living out loud.”
In regards to the fear of punishment and hell:
“It ain’t real let it go.”
“Its gonna be OK, listener, it is gonna be OK.”
“We don’t remember days we remember moments”
“Life is a collection of moments”
“Wait, goddammit, wait. This is a moment. Don’t miss it.”
“Carpe the fucking diem!”
“I am more interested in the quality of my life than the quantity of my days.”
“The human connection is beautiful to me. It never ceases to amaze me how beautiful that is”
Dave on Facebook
Dave’s Dying Out Loud at First Unitarian Society of Minneapolis
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“Waves” track written and produced by Makaih Beats