Known for their rejection of modern technology and their use of horse-drawn buggies, the Amish are often referred to as “the plain people.” Their lifestyle is distinctive. The Amish seem to snub the modern world and have somehow successfully resisted change. The Amish separated from the Mennonites centuries ago.
They are known as Anabaptists, a term used to describe the rebaptizing of those people that, as infants, had been baptized in the Catholic Church. Anabaptists were persecuted for their belief that only adults should be baptized so they can knowingly accept their faith. The early believers paid dearly for their convictions. Some were burned at the stake. They fled Europe, lured to the New Country by William Penn’s promise of religious tolerance and cheap frontier land.
The Amish, arguably more misunderstood than elusive, have attracted the attention of the rest of the world because of their resilience and ability not only to survive but also to thrive in their rural communities.
Amish Wisdom is an ongoing feature of various entries about the Amish on George Sheldon's website and blog. Written and produced by George, it is intended to provide information about those of the Amish faith.