Mennonites and Amish

posted May 24, 2010, 12:04 PM by Professor Katz   [ updated Feb 18, 2013, 11:54 PM ]
One of the results of the failure of the Anabaptists in sixteenth-century Europe to revolutionize Protestantism on a grand scale was the establishment of smaller initiatives which grew out of that radical soil.  One of these leaders was Menno Simmons (d. 1561):
 
 
His followers, the Mennonites, became an influential community of liberal theological views, with centres in the Netherlands, Russia, and the USA:
 
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The Amish are extreme Mennonites, but there is a certain amount of overlapping as one group merges into another:
 
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One of the centres of Amish residence is the inappropriately named town of Intercourse, Pennsylvania, where 'Witness' (1985) was filmed, starring Harrison FordLocal people (including Amish) will point out various places where the events in the film take place, like Stations of the Cross.  It's worth a visit: Trip Advisor even has some suggestions for Intercourse Vacations...

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