Our History

est. 1956
It started with a vision. And that visionary was Billy Graham.

Over sixty years ago, the beloved evangelist felt the urgent need for balanced reporting, biblical commentary, and a loving posture on the social cultural, and theological trends, issues and opportunities facing Christians.

From that need came a unique vision that has helped shape the minds and hearts of tens of millions of Christian leaders ever since.

That vision was Christianity Today magazine.

Founder Billy Graham with Carl F.H. Henry, editor, who is holding the first issue of Christianity Today.
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Founder Billy Graham with Carl F.H. Henry, editor, who is holding the first issue of Christianity Today.

Now Christianity Today is regarded worldwide as the leading evangelical publication for news and opinion. Trusted for its thoughtful and civil presentation of ideas and analysis, CT now reaches over five million Christian leaders monthly through its printed pages, ChristianityToday.com, and a wide array of other print and digital resources that further engage, encourage, and equip the church worldwide.

Graham’s vision carries on and is needed now more than ever through the nonprofit, global media ministry’s cause of Beautiful Orthodoxy—a commitment to gospel truth communicated with both conviction and love.

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Christianity Today should take the responsibility of leading in love, what so much of our evangelical work has failed to do in fighting and name calling.

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Historical Documents

Envisioning 'Christianity Today'
Excerpted from Just As I Am by Billy Graham (1997)
Why 'Christianity Today'?
A Christianity Today editorial from Volume 1, Number 1—October 15, 1956
‘Why Christianity Today’ Revisited
The first editorial for this magazine—reprinted here—still reflects our ‘deepfelt desire.’

Billy Graham's Legacy

In response to Billy's call for evangelicals to speak gospel conviction with love, our ministry cause is Beautiful Orthodoxy–strengthening the church by richly communicating the breadth of the true, good, and beautiful gospel.

Give to the Beautiful Orthodoxy Fund to invest in Billy Graham's vision and legacy.