Thank You, University of Chicago

Dr. James Emery White | Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary | Thursday, September 1, 2016

Thank You, University of Chicago

Sometimes, the best thing you can do in a blog is repeat what someone else has written. Or at least spread the word about it. 

The University of Chicago sent a unique letter to its students at the start of this school year that sent a shock wave through academia. I, for one, stood up and applauded.

Why? Because political correctness on college campuses has officially been running amok and has been used to stifle any idea or opinion, voice or perspective, that might be deemed “offensive.” The usual translation? Anything conservative. No wonder that Mary Katherine Ham, a senior writer for The Federalist (a conservative website), wrote that it was “a sad commentary on higher education that this is considered a brave and bold move, but it is, and the University of Chicago should be applauded mightily for stating what used to be the obvious.”

I agree.

So read it, and take heart:

James Emery White


Richard Pérez-Peña, Mitch Smith and Stephanie Saul, “University of Chicago Strikes Back Against Campus Political Correctness,” The New York Times, August 26, 2016, read online.

David Schaper, “University of Chicago Tells Freshmen It Does Not Support ‘Trigger Warnings’,” NPR, August 26, 2016, read online.

About the Author

James Emery White is the founding and senior pastor of Mecklenburg Community Church in Charlotte, NC, and the ranked adjunctive professor of theology and culture at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, where he also served as their fourth president. His latest book, The Rise of the Nones: Understanding and Reaching the Religiously Unaffiliated, is available on Amazon. To enjoy a free subscription to the Church and Culture blog, visit, where you can view past blogs in our archive and read the latest church and culture news from around the world. Follow Dr. White on twitter @JamesEmeryWhite

Thank You, University of Chicago