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
In 1690, some Alsace-Anabaptist broke off from the Swiss Anabaptists (now
Mennonites) and under Jacob Amman's direction, started following a stricter
- 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
are known for the "plainness" of their lives.
within their lifestyle differ from community to community, but some basic rules
- 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
Amish believe in one god, three