For centuries, the Mennonites, Amish, and Brethren have spurned prosperity and suffered persucution to follow Christ and their convictions. Learn about these conscientious objectors to modernity and the theological views that drive their unique way of life. Written by Amish, Brethren, and Mennonite authors, the articles in this issue give special insight into these often-misunderstood Christians.
Inside this issue you'll find:
- A People of Conscience - How America's "plain people" first arose in Europe as a discipleship movement repressed by the state church.
- Negotiating with the Modern World - In the late 19th and early 20th century, modernity caught up with the Anabaptists.
- The Germans Have Landed - Once William Penn welcomed the freedom-seeking Anabaptists to his colony, they spread and flourished.
- Outsider's Guide to America's Anabaptists - Making sense of the colorful tapestry of Amish, Mennonites, and Brethren.
- Pure & Simple - An insider's account of the "plain people's" clothes.
- Holy Ground - One of the most visible practices among the Anabaptists, the Brethren love feast exemplifies humility and community.
- "Be not conformed" - Why have American Anabaptists lived in protest against the modern world?
- From Mutual Aid to Global Action - How the Anabaptist emphasis on practical acts of love led a tightly knit enclave to reach out to the world.
Issue 84 * Fall 2004