Amish religion

Cade Schendt 1st

History

*16th century reformation back in Europe, when the Anabaptist movement spurred the creation of three "plain" communities ; the Amish, Mennonites, and Bethren.

*Members of the conservative Christian church came to Pennsylvania in the early 18th century to escape persecution in Europe for their Anabaptist beliefs.

*In 1693, a Swiss bishop named Jacob Amman broke from the Mennonite church. His followers were called the "Amish". Although the two groups have split several times, the Amish and Mennonite churches share the same beliefs concerning baptism, non-resistance, and basic Bible doctrines.

Beliefs

*There's no single governing body for the old order Amish population;rather, each church district decides for itself what it will and will not accept.

*All districts base their religions on a literal interpretation of the bible and an unwritten set of rules called the Ordnung.

*The ideals are maintained by keeping all work, play worship, commerce, and friendship within the Amish orbit.

* They also believe in not using electricity and cars (that is why you see them only in wagons and horses) and if they do use electricity.. it's disrespecting their god and they get punished

Current Statistics

State Population

Ohio 59103

Pennsylvania 58009

Indiana 45144

Wisconsin 14957

New York 10787

Michigan 10218

Missouri 9833

Kentucky 8172

Iowa 7179

Illinois 6267

Minnesota 2765

Tennessee 1948

Maryland 1512

Delaware 1424

Kansas 940

Virginia 547

Oklahoma 523

Montana 363

Colorado 330

Nebraska 275

West Virginia 217

Maine 203

Mississippi 175

Arkansas 130

North Carolina 127

Florida 125

Texas 52

South Dakota 31

Sources

www.padutchcountry.com/.../amish.../amish-history-and-beliefs
www.amazon.com/books
www.wow.com/History+Of+Amish
www.exploring-amish-country.com/amish-history.html