The Amish Essay

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Kraybill, Donald. The Amish and the State. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1993.

The Amish and the State is wrote with the intent to identify the cultural values and social organizations of the Amish order along with how the traditional values of the Amish counteracted with the modernity of the state. This book covers the most prominent aspects of the Amish order dating all the way back to their very existence during the Radical Reformation in the sixteenth century. It entitles one to see and feel the persecution the Amish order has faced since 1525. Donald Kraybill believes that the Amish order, even though some individuals view their religious practices as being extremely impractical, is a major attribute toward the freedom
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In the twentieth century they still continue to be persecuted even though it is not as harsh, they spend large amounts of time in jail and even suffer abundant quantities of fines for following the religious pathway of Christ. The Amish order continues to strive for their religious rights although their struggle with the state and government does not get any easier. The torture that the Amish persevered through and continue to battle against is an example of how Kraybill proves that they helped pave the pathway toward our religious independence.
The Amish faith is to be considered as living a life of self-surrender. According to Kraybill this attribute is the core of the Amish religion. The cornerstone to the values in the Amish faith is Gelassenheit. “The German word means submission=yielding to a higher authority. It entails self-surrender, resignation to God’s will, yielding to others, self-denial, contentment, and a quiet spirit” (12). Being able to display wholesomeness and respect toward the individuals which are trying to bring about an end of your complete form of life is an influential aspect which enabled the Amish to aid in the uprising of the First Amendment clause. They continued to fight for their religious rights in away that does not intrude on their belief of living a

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