By Sarah Marshall

Origins - History

  • The Amish are a Christian religious group that traces its origins back to the Swiss Anabaptists.            
  • In the 1600s, the Swiss Anabaptists were persecuted for their refusal to follow state/church requirements on baptism.  T
  • The Swiss Anabaptist practiced adult baptism, not the required infant baptism.  To the Anabaptist, baptism is a voluntary and conscious choice which infants cannot make.  
    In 1690, some Alsace-Anabaptist broke off from the Swiss Anabaptists (now Mennonites) and under Jacob Amman's direction, started following a stricter religious discipline.  
  • This group are known as Amish.  To avoid persecution, the Amish migrated to North America in the 1700s and 1800s, settling in small isolated communities.  
  • Today, there are no Amish living in Europe. 



Organization - Structure of the Church

  • Unlike the Catholic or Anglican Churches, Amish do not have a top-down governing structure.
  • There are leaders of the church that decide what technology is to be allowed in certain communities.


Central Beliefs - Worship

The Amish are known for the "plainness" of their lives. 

Rules within their lifestyle differ from community to community, but some basic rules are:

  • no use of modern technology
  • Separation from the world
  •  to work hard in everything they do
  • patriarchal households
  • clothing. ( plain, some communities say no buttons because of their association with the military)
  • not allowed to buy life or other  insurance.

Amish believe in one god, three distinct persons.