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For almost 40 years, Dave Warnock was a conservative Evangelical pastor (the Foursquare Church). Then he began to examine and investigate the claims of Evangelical Christianity ... and learned that his lifelong faith had failed him.
First he called himself an agnostic. Later he embraced the word "atheist," and now does what he can to de-stigmatize this explosive word (it just means “non-theist,” he says). He seeks to show that atheists can be good people, exhibiting the same morals and values as people of faith.
His exit from Christianity was due to the tenets of his life-long faith no longer aligning with his core values: 1) acceptance of all people and 2) the idea that life is to be lived for the moments that are contained within this one life we know we have, rather than viewing this life as a temporary life until we enter eternity. Turning from his faith came at a huge personal cost: the loss of most of his friends, the end of his 37-year marriage, and a broken relationship with two of his three children, which has also deprived him of being part of his six grandchildren’s lives.
As we know, life is random, chaotic and unpredictable; and so it is for Dave. On February 26, 2019, he received the devastating diagnosis of ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, Lou Gehrig’s disease). A series of doctor visits, a blood test, MRI, more doctor visits, and finally an EMG at one of the most prestigious hospitals in the country led to the cold and final diagnosis, along with instructions to put his clothes back on and where to find the exit from the neurologist’s office. No follow-up plan … no counselor referral … just go home and die in 3-5 years.
Suddenly, this precious and brief life became infinitely more precious and incredibly brief. Instead of succumbing to the depression, anger and hopelessness this debilitating, fatal disease often brings, Dave immediately decided to begin “Dying Out Loud,” to live life to the fullest and travel as much of the world as his body will allow. He wants to see places he's never been, spend time with people he knows and loves, experience the joy of meeting new people, and cherish the beautiful moments life offers. This life-change is now the Dying Out Loud Tour: Dave is traveling to speak at venues all over the world, doing interviews on podcasts and YouTube shows, and basically spreading his message everywhere he can.
Let's welcome him. Let's hear him. A special event of the AOF Speaker Series.