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The Amish people are descendants of the Anabaptist tradition from 16th century Europe The Anabaptists eventually split into three groups the Mennonites of Dutch and Prussian origin the Hutterian Brethren of Austria and the Swiss Brethren The Amish were named after their founder Jakob Amman who decided to split off from the Swiss Brethren The division did not occur due to differences in fundamental beliefs but instead it was over conforming to certain norms of the tradition The Amish people immigrated to Colonial America in the eighteenth century and were able to grow and develop their own tradition The Bible is the most important religious writing and sole rule of the Amish faith Their beliefs are outlined in the Dordrecht Confession of Faith 1632 Also the Ordnung is an oral tradition which regulates the Amish way of life Specific details of the Ordnung differ among various church districts The Amish observe the sacraments of adult baptism and communion Religious services are held in the homes of members biweekly on Sunday They celebrate the traditional Christian holy days They also observe a Fast Day on October 11 The Amish society is one that is separate and intent on keeping the outside world out of their lives The Amish choose to keep their lives simple and examine change very carefully before accepting it In general if the idea or invention will not help to keep their lives as simple as possible it will most likely be rejected The Amish religion and way of life is based on Christian morals traditions and customs that have lasted over many generations Each district of the Amish religion is autonomous There is no centralized Amish organization Therefore the Amish have no recognized leader such as the Roman Catholic Church has the pope Each district is run by the full members of the group Only adults are given the status of being a full member The Amish continue to thrive
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