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Old Order Amish In The Modern World

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You’re on vacation in rural Ohio en route to your bed and breakfast when your GPS has lost signal and you take a wrong turn down a dirt road. You start to notice the modern looking farm buildings but there are no power poles with electricity running to these quaint farms. Next thing you know you are being passed by a black buggy driven by a muscular horse and you think to yourself that the gentleman driving with his plain black hat, white shirt, black pants, and a full beard must be from back in time. It all of a sudden arises to you from reading your favorite Amish books by Beverly Lewis that you must be in Old Order Amish country where the society lives in the modern world but not up to ...view middle of the document...

There are many sects of the Amish, the oldest is the Old Order Amish who have a tendency to be stricter with absolutely no electricity, strict dress code of black and white, no automobiles usage including traveling by airplane, etc. A newer Amish sect called The New Order Amish still wear the “plain” dress but may be more colorful in their assortments, will allow a telephone in the home where as the Old Order will have a telephone with in the community between houses. They also will trim their beards and hair shorter and are allowed to travel by airplane if the occasion arises. Another Amish sect is the Beachy Amish-Mennonites who: own automobiles, use cameras and computers (but not radio and television), have distinctive dress, and are evangelical in theology and practice. (The Beachy Amish Mennonites). The Amish and Mennonites do derive from the same culture and teachings in the Bible but, some are just extra stringent or supplementary lax on the followings of the Bible. Most all Amish sects do not allow electricity in the home where as the Mennonites do allow technology. Same with having possession of or driving an automobile, it’s forbidden by most Amish sects but not the Mennonites.
The Amish way of life is fascinating to me, most Amish all grow their own food, create their own clothing, and cook each meal from scratch every day. Imagine getting up in the morning at 5am to go milk the cow and collect...

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