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Belief, faith, religion, and spirituality in Houghton, Michigan are the focus of topics in this guide.

In the context of the Christian religion, which is most common in the Houghton area, these words are related by they are not necessarily interchangeable.

Belief might simply refer to a belief in God, while faith suggests something stronger, such as trust or devotion to God.

When a group of people comes together with similar beliefs in common, they may form a religion; although, in most cases today, they will join a religion that corresponds to their understandings and beliefs.

According to the U.S. Census, the most common religions in the United States are Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, and unaffiliated religions, including agnostics and atheists. Each of these major religions is subdivided and, in the case of Christianity, these divisions are known as denominations or sects.

A recent survey suggests that, in Houghton, the most common religion is Christianity, with Judaism representing only one-tenth of a percent of the population. Among the Christian churches in Houghton, the Catholics are the most common, followed by the Lutherans and, more distantly, by the Methodists, Baptists, Pentecostals, Mormons, Episcopalians, and Presbyterians, although three percent of respondents cited an affiliation with Protestant denominations that were not part of the survey, or with various non-denominational churches.

Overall, Houghton residents were slightly more religious than the average Michigander, and slightly less religious than the average American. While 43.4% of Houghton residents cited an affiliation with a religion, 41.9% of respondents in Michigan were religious, and 49.4% of Americans were associated with a particular religion.

Appropriate topics for this category may include anything closely related to faith, religion, or spirituality in Houghton, although the majority of the resources listed here will be websites representing Houghton ministries of places of worship, regardless of the particular denomination or sect.



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