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Christianity Today
Christianity Today
Cover of the April 2010 issue
President & CEOTimothy Dalrymple[1]
Editor-in-ChiefRussell D. Moore[2] [3]
Former editorsCarl F. H. Henry, David Neff, Terry C. Muck, George K. Brushaber, Mark Galli, Daniel M. Harrell
FounderBilly Graham
First issueOctober 1956 (1956-October)
CompanyChristianity Today International
CountryUnited States
Based inCarol Stream

Christianity Today is an evangelical Christian media magazine founded in 1956 by Billy Graham. It is published by Christianity Today International based in Carol Stream. The Washington Post calls Christianity Today "evangelicalism's flagship magazine".[5] The New York Times describes it as a "mainstream evangelical magazine". On August 4, 2022, Russell D. Moore—notable for denouncing and leaving the leadership of the Southern Baptist Convention[6]—was named the incoming Christianity Today Editor-in-Chief.[2]

Christianity Today has a print circulation of approximately 130,000, of which approximately 36,000 is free, and readership of 260,000,[4] as well as a website at The founder, Billy Graham, stated that he wanted to "plant the evangelical flag in the middle of the road, taking the conservative theological position but a definite liberal approach to social problems".[7] Other active publications currently active within Christianity Today include: Building Church Leaders which has vocational education materials for evangelists and clergy.[8] Church Law & Tax which discusses tax compliance.[9] ChristianBibleStudies helps with Bible studies.[10] ChurchSalary helps churches with information on proper remuneration.[11] Ekstasis Magazine about Christian arts and media, specifically to encourage creativity within Christian culture to enable better storytelling, worldbuilding, and cultural representation.[12] PreachingToday is a publication specifically for those delivering sermons.[13] SmallGroups is a leadership magazine for smaller church planting groups such as missional living, cafe churches, pub churches, or house churches.[14]

Graham began the magazine as counterpoint to The Christian Century, the predominant independent periodical of mainline Protestantism, and as a way to bring the evangelical Christian community together.[7][15]


The first issue of Christianity Today was mailed October 15, 1956, and the opening editorial, Why 'Christianity Today'?,[16] stated "Christianity Today has its origin in a deep-felt desire to express historical Christianity to the present generation. Neglected, slighted, misrepresented—evangelical Christianity needs a clear voice, to speak with conviction and love, and to state its true position and its relevance to the world crisis. A generation has grown up unaware of the basic truths of the Christian faith taught in the Scriptures and expressed in the creeds of the historic evangelical churches."

Its first editor was Carl F. H. Henry. Notable contributors in its first two decades included F. F. Bruce, Edward John Carnell, Frank Gaebelein, Walter Martin, John Warwick Montgomery, and Harold Lindsell. Lindsell succeeded Henry as editor and during his editorial administration much attention centered on debates about biblical inerrancy. Later editorial leadership came from Kenneth Kantzer, Terry Muck, and David Neff. The most recent editor in chief was Mark Galli, who retired on January 3, 2020. His replacement as editor in chief is Daniel M. Harrell.[17] Andy Olsen is managing editor of the print edition and Andrea Palpant Dilley is managing editor of online journalism. The publication now includes print and online versions and various ancillary products. Print and online contents include feature stories, news ranging from cultural issues from a Christian viewpoint to the global church, opinion, reviews, and investigative reporting.

In Billy Graham's 1997 autobiography, Just As I Am, he writes of his vision, idea, and history with Christianity Today[18] and his early meeting with oil company executive, John Howard Pew, to establish the publication.[19]

Editorials on impeachments of U.S. presidents[]

Most critics label it as a mainstream, intellectual, centrist evangelical publication.[20][21][22][23]

On June 7, 1974, in an editorial entitled, "Should Nixon Resign?", published during the impeachment hearings of President Richard Nixon, Christianity Today did not call for his resignation, instead it stated "that the constitutional process should be followed, and followed with dispatch. Either Richard Nixon should be removed from office by the Senate or he should be acquitted. If he is acquitted, the nation will have to wait out the term of a President whose ability to function has been seriously eroded."[24]

On October 5, 1998, regarding the imminent Impeachment of President Bill Clinton, Christianity Today stated in an editorial that "Unsavory dealings and immoral acts by the President and those close to him have rendered this administration morally unable to lead."[25]

On December 19, 2019, a day after the U.S. House of Representatives impeached President Donald Trump for abuse of power and obstruction of Congress,[26][27] Christianity Today published an editorial by Editor in Chief Mark Galli, entitled "Trump Should Be Removed from Office."[27][28] It asserted among other criticisms that he "attempted to use his political power to coerce a foreign leader to harass and discredit one of the president's political opponents. That is not only a violation of the Constitution; more importantly, it is profoundly immoral."[27] In response, Trump described the magazine as "far-left".[21]

Sexual harassment scandal[]

In 2022 the magazine published two articles announcing that a number of women reported demeaning, inappropriate, and offensive behavior by former editor in chief Mark Galli and former advertising director Olatokunbo Olawoye, whilst their behavior remained unchecked and the men were not disciplined, according to an external assessment of the ministry’s culture.[29]

Speaking to Religion News Service, Galli admitted that he may have “crossed lines” during his time as editor, but denied having had “any romantic or sexual interest in anyone at Christianity Today.”[30]

In an editorial on the magazine, the CEO of Christianity Today Timothy Dalrymple admitted that the society that owns and edits the magazine fell short on protecting the employees and apologized for the fact, promising strong and swift action against sexual harassment.[31]


Harold Myra, who became president and chief executive of the magazine in 1975, believed that a "family" of magazines would disperse overhead expenses and give more stability to the organization.[32] Christianity Today both online and magazine is the flagship publication, fully effective in three basic areas: editorial, circulation, advertising; as such, many of the articles from their broader publications often get distributed through CT's flagship.[33] Christianity Today founded or acquired periodicals during the 1980s and 1990s, beginning with Leadership, a quarterly journal for clergy, in 1980.


At the ministry's web home,, all other brands for Christian thought leaders and church leaders are featured, including publications such as the intellectual Christian review, Books & Culture, and the website for pastors and church leaders, CT Pastors. Additional web resources include Men of Integrity and Preaching Today. Many of the sections published online under the Christianity Today banner are the online legacies of defunct print publications, even named after the aforementioned publications.

Ekstasis (2016–present)[]

Ekstasis is a journal that was acquired by Christianity Today in 2021, originally founded in 2016 by Conor Sweetman in Toronto, Canada it focuses on Christian arts and media.[34][35][36][37]

International editions (2007–present)[]

Besides English, it is available in 12 other languages: Arabic, Catalan, Chinese, Filipino, French, Galician, German, Indonesian, Italian, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish.[38] Their publication can be found within those linguistic regions, as well as in Japan and Israel.[39]

Online presence[]

The magazine's mission statement is to "provide evangelical thought leaders a sense of community, coherence, and direction through thoughtful, biblical commentary on issues and through careful, caring reporting of the news." Its presence on the Internet began in October 1994 when it became one of the top ten content providers on all of AOL. Then, in 1996, their website was launched. Originally, it was named before becoming Today serves as the web home for Christianity Today magazine, which now has distinct sections for Local Church Pastors,[40] Reporting, [41] Women,[42] History, and Spanish[43] readers.

Together, all Christianity Today brands reach more than 2.5 million people every month when print and digital views are combined, plus more than 5 million pageviews per month on the Internet.[44] The ministry offers access, both premium and free, to more than 100,000 articles and other content on their various websites. They operate several stand-alone websites from ChristianityToday including, Preaching Today, Church Law & Tax and many other sites.[45]


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  1. Meet the CT Team (March 18, 2022).
  2. 2.0 2.1 Christianity Today Names Russell Moore Editor in Chief.
  3. Russell Moore Named Christianity Today Editor, Lynn Vincent to Lead World Magazine.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Christianity Today Advertising – Connecting You with Christian Audiences.
  5. "Why a 'yes' to gays is often a 'no' to evangelicalism", June 10, 2015. 
  6. The Scandal Rocking the Evangelical World. The Atlantic.
  7. 7.0 7.1 American Evangelicalism: Embattled and Thriving. University of Chicago Press (1998).
  8. Schmidt, Alexandria (January 4, 2022). 10 Best Church Leadership Training Programs In 2022.
  9. Class Notes: Summer 2020 (2020-06-22).
  10. Bible study tools and Christian resources.
  11. The hidden costs of job relocation (January 27, 2022).
  12. Fryling, Bob (July 23, 2021). What Is the Future of Evangelicalism?.
  13. Why Christians must stay on social media despite the hassles and hostility – Baptist News Global (September 27, 2018).
  14. Atkinson, Harley & Rose, Joshua (July 23, 2020), “Template:Extlink”, Christian Education Journal: Research on Educational Ministry (SAGE Publications) 17 (3): 547–559, ISSN 0739-8913, DOI 10.1177/0739891320942932 
  15. About Christianity Today.
  16. Why 'Christianity Today'?.
  17. "Mark Galli Announces Retirement as Editor in Chief of Christianity Today", Christianity Today, 7 October 2019. 
  18. Envisioning 'Christianity Today'.
  19. Graham, Billy (1997). Just as I am: the autobiography of Billy Graham. Zondervan.
  20. Neuhaus, Richard John (June 1, 1999). Bill Clinton and the American Character.
  21. 21.0 21.1 Pesce, Nicole Lyn. Trump lashes back at 'far left' Christianity Today — and says he'll stop reading 'ET' (en-US).
  22. Martin, Wes (January 6, 2020). Retired Christianity Today Editor Talks Backlash Over Editorial Advocating For Trump's Removal.
  23. Lindsay, D. Michael (2007), “Template:Extlink”, Political Science Quarterly 59 (3): 883–909, ISSN 0032-3195, <>. Retrieved on 16 February 2022 
  24. Should Nixon Resign? (en).
  25. The Prodigal Who Didn't Come Home (en).
  26. Trump Impeached for Abuse of Power and Obstruction of Congress. The New York Times (December 18, 2019).
  27. 27.0 27.1 27.2 Trump Should Be Removed from Office. Christianity Today (December 19, 2019).
  28. "Evangelical magazine Christianity Today calls for Trump's removal after impeachment", The Guardian, December 19, 2019. 
  29. Silliman, Daniel (2022-03-15). Sexual Harassment Went Unchecked at Christianity Today (en).
  30. RELEVANT (2022-03-16). A Former Christianity Today Editor Has Been Accused of Sexual Harassment (en-US).
  31. Dalrymple, Timothy (2022-03-16). We Fell Short in Protecting Our Employees (en).
  32. Board, Stephen (1990). pp. 119–142. Zondervan Publishing Company.
  33. Myra, Harold L. (Winter 1980), “Template:Extlink”, Leadership 1:1: 138 
  34. What Is the Future of Evangelicalism? (July 23, 2021).
  35. Why an English Professor Loves Ekstasis Magazine (October 28, 2019).
  36. Conor Sweetman [BA English] Launches Magazine (November 21, 2016).
  37. Christianity Today Announces New Publication That “Revives the Christian Imagination” (June 21, 2021).
  38. CT Translations.
  39. Chantry., pastor Walt (March 2, 2010). Records of Christianity Today International - - Collection 8.
  40. The Local Church.
  41. Gleanings.
  42. CT Women.
  43. En Español.
  45. (en).
  • Marsden, George M., Reforming Fundamentalism, William B. Eerdmans, Grand Rapids, 1987.

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