He walked away from his evangelical roots to escape feeling suffocated

Jon Ward shares his journey of breaking away from his strict evangelical upbringing in his memoir, Testimony: Inside the Evangelical Movement That Failed a Generation.

Growing up evangelical: Ward was raised in a Virginia evangelical church, which shaped his life, relationships, and identity.
* He was discouraged from questioning the Bible’s teachings and engaging with the outside world.

Joining the workforce: Pursuing a career in journalism led Ward to question his beliefs and the authority of his church, eventually leading him to leave it.

Shifting perspective: Ward credits journalism for saving him, as it taught him that truth requires rigor, modesty, and a willingness to accept the possibility of being wrong.

Current faith: Ward still identifies with core Christian teachings but embraces an open-minded approach and the idea that uncertainty allows faith to exist.

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