Bias: Skews Right

Reliability: Reliable, Analysis/Fact Reporting

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Overview

Ad Fontes Media rates Christianity Today in the Skews Right category of bias and as Reliable, Analysis/Fact Reporting in terms of reliability. Christianity Today is an evangelical publication founded by Billy Graham in 1956. Through its print magazine and website, CT spotlights “the way in which Christians can live gospel lives for the strengthening of church and society.” The website records more than 2 million visits and the print magazine has a circulation of 120,000 per month.

Overall Score

The following are the overall bias and reliability scores for Christianity Today according to our Ad Fontes Media ratings methodology.

Reliability: 41.92

Bias: 6.26

Panels of analysts from Ad Fontes Media regularly review representative sample content to rate it for reliability and bias. Each panel of analysts comprises one left-leaning, one right-leaning, and one center-leaning analyst.

The team considers a variety of factors when rating content. To determine its reliability score, we consider the content’s veracity, expression, its title/headline, and graphics. We add each of these scores to the chart on a weighted scale, with the average of those creating the sample content’s overall reliability score.

To determine sample content’s bias score, we consider its language, its political position, and how it compares to other reporting or analysis from other sources on the same topic. We add each of these scores to the chart on a weighted scale, with the average of those creating the content’s overall bias score.

The bias rating, demonstrated on the Media Bias Chart®️ on the horizontal axis, ranges from most extreme left to middle to most extreme right. The reliability rating, demonstrated on the chart’s vertical axis, rates sources on a scale from original fact reporting to analysis, opinion, propaganda and inaccurate/fabricated information.

Reliability scores for articles and shows are on a scale of 0-64. Scores above 40 are generally good; scores below 24 are generally problematic. Scores between 24-40 indicate a range of possibilities, with some sources falling there because they are heavy in opinion and analysis, and some because they have a high variation in reliability between articles.

Bias scores for articles and shows are on a scale of -42 to +42, with higher negative scores being more left, higher positive scores being more right, and scores closer to zero being minimally biased, equally balanced, or exhibiting a centrist bias.

Individual Content Sample Scores

These are the most recent content samples that Ad Fontes Media analysts have rated for this source.

Content Sample URLBiasReliability
How Seven Soldiers Carried One Bible into 11 Combat Tours1.3333.67
Let the Little Children Come to ‘Big Church’032.67
When We Don’t Care Enough to Care437
God Was Faithful to These Chinese Families in the American South-3.3343.67
All Church Buildings Have a Story to Tell—Not Just the Tourist Magnets0.3341
Tulsa Church Ledger Preserves Stories of Faith After Historic Massacre043.33
Died: B.J. Thomas, Born-Again Singer Who Clashed with Evangelical Fans0.3342
After the Pandemic, Are Worship Leaders Gearing Up for Battle or Healing?436
For Cosmopolitan Christians, Secular Approval Is a Common Temptation4.6734.33
3 Keys to Real Pandemic Recovery-5.6741.33
More than a Meal: How Austin Ministries Are Expanding Thei......-1.6746
On a Mail-In Ballot and a Prayer, Biden Wins White House043.67
John Piper’s Liberty Convocation Pulled After Election Post045.67
Trump Becomes the First President Since Eisenhower to Change Faiths in Office047
Fired Hillsong NYC Pastor Carl Lentz Apologizes for Infidelity048
Twelve Christian Women in Science You Should Know0.2547
To Cancel or Not to Cancel: That Is the Question-0.2538
Pastors from Europe Tell North America: Get Ready Now3.2539.5
This Is Not The Crisis, But It Is Just A Few Weeks Away3.539.25
In Italy, I’ve Rediscovered the Power of Three Types of Praye...-135
The Possible Decline of the Nones Isn’t a Boost for Evangelicals10.6746.33
Craig Groeschel Quarantined After Coronavirus Exposure at Willow Creek Germany6.3351.33
Eugene Cho Named President of Hunger Advocacy Org6.3349.67
Spiritual Abuse Definition Debated by UK Christians6.3347.67
Nigeria’s Government Agrees: Islamist Terrorists Target Christians11.635.8