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Ep. 143: A Conversation with Mark Galli

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These mid-week “Extra” episodes are a chance for us to go deep with a particular topic, and today we have on the program former Christianity Today editor Mark Galli.

Mark Galli was a part of the evangelical elite for more than 20 years, first as the editor of Christian History magazine, and for seven years as editor in chief of Christianity Today.

But on December 19, 2019, a day after the U.S. House of Representatives voted to file two articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump, Galli wrote an editorial entitled, “Trump Should Be Removed from Office.”  The publication noted that the criticisms of Trump were consistent with the magazine’s approach to the impeachment proceedings of presidents Richard Nixon and Bill Clinton.

Maybe so, but the editorial created a firestorm.  A few weeks later, Galli retired from Christianity Today, and in 2020 he announced that he had departed evangelicalism and become a Roman Catholic.

However, Galli’s voice is still being heard in the evangelical world.  He has continued his popular article “The Galli Report,” and over the past few weeks he has struck a chord again, with a series of articles about what it means to be an “Elite Evangelical.”  Who are the evangelical elite?  What do they stand for?  Is it a good thing or a bad thing to have evangelical elites defining issues and setting agendas for the church?

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The producers for today’s program are Rich Roszel and Steve Gandy. We get database and other technical support from Cathy Goddard, Stephen DuBarry, and Casey Sudduth.

I’m Warren Smith, and – until next time – May God bless you.