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Name Means

After the teachings of Jakob Ammann (c. 1644–c. 1730).

Beliefs

Same as most Protestant denominations

Practices

Communion twice a year; foot washing; separation from the world; speak German and Pennsylvania Dutch; no electricity; plain clothes like 17th-century European peasants; "Running Around" before baptism at age 17-20; shunning

The Amish (also known as Amish Mennonite) are members of an Anabaptist Christian denomination who are especially known for their separation from society, rejection of most modern technology, and distinctly conservative dress.

Amish beliefs are similar to other Protestants; it is their way of life that primarily differentiates them from other Christian denominations.

There are about 200,000 Old Order Amish living in more than 200 settlements in the United States and Canada; the largest communities are in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, Iowa, Illinois, and Kansas, and others exist in Wisconsin, Missouri, and Minnesota.

In the United States, Amish communities are mostly found in Pennsylvania and the Midwest, namely Ohio and Indiana. It is common for members of this denomination to live rurally where there is land to farm. It is also common for Amish to live near other Amish, which enables them to support each other's lifestyle as well as establish a local congregation of people with similar beliefs and convictions.

  • Amish Adherent Statistics

    There are about 200,000 Old Order Amish living in more than 200 settlements in the United States and Canada. The largest communities are in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, Iowa, Illinois, and Kansas, and others exist in Wisconsin, Missouri, and Minnesota... full article →
  • Amish Beliefs

    Amish religious beliefs are virtually the same as that of the Mennonites and other Protestant Christians. They believe in the importance of individual Bible study and the necessity of living a life free of sin after adult baptism... full article →
  • Books on Amish

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  • Amish Glossary

    Definitions of Amish terms and concepts. full article →
  • Amish History

    The Amish denomination originated in Switzerland, with the strict teachings of Jacob Amman that led to a split from other Mennonites in 1693. full article →
  • Amish Organization

    The Amish community is divided into church districts, autonomous congregations of about 75 baptized members. This small number is necessary because congregations meet in member's homes — there are no Amish churches... full article →
  • Amish Practices

    Two key concepts for understanding the Amish lifestyle are the revulsion of Hochmut (pride, arrogance, haughtiness) and the high value they place on Demut (humility) and Gelassenheit (calmness, composure, placidity)... full article →

Sources

  • Amish.” Wikipedia. Web. Accessed 18 Feb. 2017.
  • Amish.” Encyclopaedia Britannica Online. 27 Aug. 2010. Web. Accessed 18 Feb. 2017.