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Christianity Today is an Evangelical Christian periodical based in Carol Stream, Illinois. It is the flagship publication of its parent company Christianity Today International, claiming circulation figures of 140,000 and readership of 290,000.[1] 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".[2]



Famous evangelist Billy Graham started the magazine in 1956 as counter-point to The Christian Century, the predominant independent periodical of mainline Protestantism, and as a way to bring the evangelical Christian community together.[2][3] Its first editor was Carl F. H. Henry. Notable contributors in its first two decades included contributions from 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 centred on debates about Biblical inerrancy. Later editorial work came from Kenneth Kantzer and Terry Muck. Notable current writers include author Philip Yancey, Fuller Theological Seminary's Richard Mouw, Yale University law professor Stephen Carter, and Prison Fellowship's Charles W. Colson. Contents include editorial material, features, news, and occasionally investigative reporting.

Sister publications

The magazine's presence on the Internet began in October 1994 when it became one of the top 10 content providers on all of AOL. Then, in 1996, their website was launched. It was originally named Today it, and its 13 sister publications, which range from the popular Today's Christian Woman to the intellectual Books & Culture, reach well over 2 million readers in its traditional paperbound form, and more than 10 million pageviews per month in their Internet form. All print magazine articles also appear online, which offers free access to well over 35,000 articles on their website,

Books & Culture

Books & Culture is published six times a year and is a book review and intellectual journal modeled after the New York Review of Books and New York Times Book Review. According to its advertising page, the magazine's circulation is 12,000 and its readership is 21,600. [4]. It is edited by John Wilson, and notable recent contributors include Mark Noll, Lauren Winner, Alan Jacobs, Jean Bethke Elshtain, and Miroslav Volf.

Christian History

Christian History is a journal first issued in January 1982. Each issue has multiple aritcles covering a single theme. Initially it appeared once a year, it has since appeared up to four times a year. It now also has a website,


Founding editor Henry was an advocate for the labor movement, and in the past decade the magazine and its sister publications have run articles both promoting and criticizing the Intelligent design movement. During political campaigns, columns give coverage to both Republican and Democratic candidates, with emphasis on their moral and social justice agendas and their religious backgrounds.


  • Board, Stephen, "Moving the World With Magazines: A Survey of Evangelical Periodicals," in American Evangelicals and the Mass Media, edited by Quentin J. Schultze, Zondervan, Grand Rapids, 1990, pp. 119-142.
  • Marsden, George M., Reforming Fundamentalism, William B. Eerdmans, Grand Rapids, 1987.

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