what is the difference between amish, menonites & quakers?
and why do they still use buggies & horses?do they really not use electricity. I've heard of them using gas powered things instead of electricity but does it still require a source of ignition to run the generators or motors of the modern era? is it me or is it upbringing & unwillingness to change.. heck i even see them at Wilmar...what do they buy? why do they still dress like 1880s era?
they seem like nice people but aren't their ancestors, as i was told, the ones that burned people thought of as witches like in Salem?please correct me if I'm misinformed?
where were they during the industrial revolution?i mean people were like that before but,bell,Edison,ford,jp Morgan,trains,planes,ww1,ww2& Neil Armstrong changed our way of life let alone bill gates
Mennonites are lax Amish. They broke off from the Amish a while ago. They believe in some tenants, but they don't believe all modern things are bad. Quakers are a viable sect of Christianity. They don't have a lot of structure as far as deacons, pastors, etc. and they are pacifist. They are a very spiritual sect of Christianity and tend not to be zealous or bible thumps.
Amish do not use electricity because they believe the wires that would come in to their homes will attach them to this world and they do not wish to be apart of this world. they do use gasoline and batteries, the kids are allowed to have Nintendo that are battered operated. when the Amish reach 16years of age, they then can dress differently and some will buy a car and drive it, this is all permissible until they decide to join the church and become baptized. Mennonites do use electricity, drive cars, and dress not in the traditional Amish attire. women do wear prayer caps, and men have beards, but are able to trim them. Quakers hold church services quite differently with not one person coming to preach, but waiting until someone feels inspired to give a message.
the Anabaptist were apart of the witch burnings. Amish are a part of the anabaptist movement. there is so much information, i tried to condense it for you. i hope this helps!
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they wish to live seperate from the world because they see that all of the influences are not necessarily good for them. they like a simple life. when they are at walmart or costco they tend to load up on food and household necessaties. it is determined by their bishop what is permissable to purchase and what is not. they dress modest because they desire for not one of them to appear to be better than the other. this is why they do not take pictures of themselves and each district the bishop determines what colors are permissable for them to wear. no one is to look better in appearance than others, whether it be clothing, quilting or inside their homes or even their buggies. they are leary of us outsiders, which they call englishers. mainly because of our influence on their children and they have been swindled by them.
Amish and Mennonites = pretty much same thing.
Difference in original 'place of origin', I think.
Both refuse to accept pretty much anything from beyond 19Th Century, as a amateur of purity and protection of their religious values.
How far that goes re gas-powered over electrical stuff, I've no idea.
The Quakers were an English sect who settled Pennsylvania and had a large impact on later North American/US thought - especially "freedom of religion', as they had tried to escape "Anglicanism" in England.
Nowadays, they can hardly be called a "Christian" group. They have moved to be very inclusive of anyone who acknowledges "A Higher Power". At a 'retreat' held at a Quaker cent re here in New Zealand, for instance, I saw references to 'Buddhist Quakers', 'Hindu Quakers', etc, in their newsletter! Many would, in the USA, probably still think of themselves as 'Christian' - but the Amish and Mennonoites would be horrified!
And it was more likely the Quakers' ancestors who burned witches (though probably they were Presbyterians who did it), not Amish or Mennonoites. They would either not have arrived - or have been heading out into the hills, oppressed by other 'Christians'.