This year, the third-largest public university in Alabama opened a religiously-infused living option for students, according to an article in The New York Times.
Troy University officials cited a “growing demand” for religious themed housing—surely a source of refreshment in the trend of society’s secularization.
The Catholic-run Newman Student Housing Fund is responsible for helping open the 376-room dormitory at Troy University, and two others at Texas A&M University and the private Florida Institute of Technology this year, according to the Times.
The NY Times article paints a picture of a dorm where students are gathered in the lobby with Bibles, evenings that include discussions about the meaning of God, and a chalkboard in the hallway displays a passage from the book of Psalms.
Writing for LifeSiteNews.com, Gerard Bradley describes the faith-based dorms as an “oasis in the madness.” He thinks that the dorms will be a “source of strength and a platform for maturity for those who choose to live there.”
Arguments are being made against the faith-based housing, as Bradley noted that some say that faith-based housing unfairly gives certain benefits to a group of people.
Bradley points out that the dorm at Troy University is open to students of all faiths, and that most residents are non-Catholic Christians. Bradley continued: