March 30, 2010
The Amish Phenomenon Explained
The unexplainable about the Amish, what does it mean to be Amish? Well, first and foremost is the inner renewal, having peace with God and with fellow believers. They see themselves as humans living as individuals under God and blending together in relation to Christ and his church. Also, they need to uphold a simple lifestyle where they depend on each other, the more they can maintain, the better the community. They are to be an example of one who cares for and considers others. And lastly, they must be separate from the world. In addition, they feel that training the child is very important. Obedience and respect of authority must be taught at home. The home, church and school should teach the same things. They're way of life should be in harmony with their faith and the Bible (Granato).
The Amish are a very conservative Christian faith group; they believe Christ died for our sins. Many of their beliefs are the same as Fundamentalists and other Evangelical churches including baptism and a literal interpretation of the Bible (Granato). The Amish believe in remaining separate from the rest of the world, and they reject involvement with military or warfare (Granato). There is no centralized Amish organization but all Amish follow an unwritten set of rules called the Ordung (Granato).
The Amish have also faced a few conflicts throughout the years. They are frequently threatened by laws and regulations made for modern industrialized society. They are at a disadvantage when it comes to defending themselves in courts (Granato). They do not believe in going to court to settle human conflict but instead, to turn the other cheek. They had problems for awhile with the schooling, because the Amish do not attend regular high schools, and their education only goes up to the eighth grade.
Some confusion has arisen about the way the Amish dress. The Amish dress alike because they believe more in the community than the individuals; it gives them a sense of belonging. They can recognize each other by the manner of dress. They also don't have to worry about fashion which they think of worldly and vein. They think fashion has something to do with getting noticed, which they do not want. Jewelry is also forbidden, because it is considered unnecessary and an expression of pride.
There are three required elements of a woman's outfit. There's a one piece, long sleeved dress in a solid dark color that is knee to floor length (Clark). They then have an apron and a cape to wear over their dress, black stockings and shoes. The whole outfit is made of the same fabric and color (Clark). The women wear these for modesty; they should not flaunt their figure.
The dresses also have a lot of pleats in them especially for young girls and young women, so when they grow the dresses can be let out to fit (Clark). These also come in handy when a young woman gets...