Christianity Today Bias and Reliability


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Bias: Middle

Reliability: Reliable, Analysis/Fact Reporting


Ad Fontes Media rates Christianity Today in the Middle 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.”

Overall Score

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

Reliability: 41.60

Bias: 5.65

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 URL Bias Reliability
What Evangelicals Owe Haiti -1 38
Former SBC Pastor Johnny Hunt Sues Denomination He Once Led 0.67 42.33
Presbyterian School Mourns 6 Dead in Nashville Shooting 1 38
Gen Z Christians Want Leaders to Keep It Real 0 40
Hillsong Says It Is Moving Forward 0 40
Company that Trademarked ‘Worship Leader’ Makes Others Drop the Term 0 41.67
How Seven Soldiers Carried One Bible into 11 Combat Tours 1.33 33.67
Let the Little Children Come to ‘Big Church’ 0 32.67
When We Don’t Care Enough to Care 4 37
God Was Faithful to These Chinese Families in the American South -3.33 43.67
All Church Buildings Have a Story to Tell—Not Just the Tourist Magnets 0.33 41
Tulsa Church Ledger Preserves Stories of Faith After Historic Massacre 0 43.33
Died: B.J. Thomas, Born-Again Singer Who Clashed with Evangelical Fans 0.33 42
After the Pandemic, Are Worship Leaders Gearing Up for Battle or Healing? 4 36
For Cosmopolitan Christians, Secular Approval Is a Common Temptation 4.67 34.33
3 Keys to Real Pandemic Recovery -5.67 41.33
More than a Meal: How Austin Ministries Are Expanding Thei...... -1.67 46
On a Mail-In Ballot and a Prayer, Biden Wins White House 0 43.67
John Piper’s Liberty Convocation Pulled After Election Post 0 45.67
Trump Becomes the First President Since Eisenhower to Change Faiths in Office 0 47
Fired Hillsong NYC Pastor Carl Lentz Apologizes for Infidelity 0 48
Twelve Christian Women in Science You Should Know 0.25 47
To Cancel or Not to Cancel: That Is the Question -0.25 38
Pastors from Europe Tell North America: Get Ready Now 3.25 39.5
This Is Not The Crisis, But It Is Just A Few Weeks Away 3.5 39.25

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