Christianity Today

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Christianity Today is a monthly magazine founded in 1956 to discuss Christian themes and issues relevant to modern society. Originally founded by Billy Graham, the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association has no current ties to the magazine.[1] Located in Carol Stream, Illinois, Christianity Today International now publishes thirteen Christian magazines and hosts Christian websites.

According to its own reported figures, circulation has dropped for Christianity Today since 2007. Namely, in February of 2007 Christianity Today had circulation figures of 150,000 and readership of 350,000.[2] Christianity Today magazine presently has a print circulation of approximately 130,000, of which approximately 36,000 is free, and readership of 260,000.[3]

The magazine has shifted in a liberal direction and is not representative of evangelical Christians.[4] Its leftward drift illustrates O’Sullivan’s First Law. The magazine has also been friendly toward liberal theologians such as Karl Barth.[5] The leftward drift is shown in the following examples:

  • In 2011, intelligent design proponent Denyse O'Leary criticized Christianity Today for their uncritical view of evolutionary ideology and predicted they will head down the slippery slope of moral decay.[6]
  • In 2015, it endorsed amnesty for illegal aliens.[7]
  • In 2019, the magazine's outgoing editor and editorial board called for the removal of President Trump from office (notwithstanding their statement in the article that it wishes to be a place that welcomes all Christians from across the political spectrum).[4][8][9] Franklin Graham strongly criticized the editorial and revealed that his father had voted for Trump.[10] Christianity Today's editor called it "strange" that many evangelical Christians disagreed with his left-wing viewpoint on the president[11] (see Donald Trump and evangelicals).


  1. BGEA publishes its own monthly magazine, Decision.
  2. [ Wikipedia's February 6, 2007 entry on Christianity Today
  3. Christianity Today Advertising – Connecting You with Christian Audiences. Retrieved on November 10, 2016.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Multiple references:
  5. Dulis, Ezra (December 20, 2019). Dulis: Christianity Today Editor Champions Theologian Who Excused Stalin’s Mass Murder. Breitbart News. Retrieved December 20, 2019.
  7. Leahy, Michael Patrick (December 20, 2019). Christianity Today Backed Amnesty for Illegal Aliens in 2015. Breitbart News. Retrieved December 20, 2019.
  9. Williams, Thomas D. (December 23, 2019). Christianity Today Doubles Down in Call for Trump Impeachment. Breitbart News. Retrieved December 23, 2019.
  10. Multiple references: See also: Caplan, Joshua (December 23, 2019). Franklin Graham Again Slams Christianity Today for Anti-Trump Stance. Breitbart News. Retrieved December 23, 2019.
  11. Becker, Carlin (December 22, 2019). Christianity Today editor says it’s ‘strange’ that not all evangelicals agree Trump is unfit for office. Washington Examiner. Retrieved December 22, 2019.

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