5 responses to Are Amish free to choose?
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    Sandy
    Comment on Are Amish free to choose? (March 9th, 2010 at 17:30)

    Good analogy comparing the Ordnung to corporate policy.

    I grew up in a strict religion, not Amish, but with many rules. I always found it strange that people thought I had no freedom of choice, its not like we were locked up, we could walk away if we wanted. We chose to abide by the doctrine. Very good perspective from “Aaron” here..

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    magdalena
    Comment on Are Amish free to choose? (March 10th, 2010 at 09:31)

    I too grew up in a strict church, but in some ways it wasn’t strict enough. We were disciplined to dress a certain way, and not undertake some activities (dancing and card-playing, for instance) but because it wasn’t an Ordnung, the rules got too flexible. So when the rich doctor’s daughter showed up for church in a pantsuit and make-up, excuses were made for her so as not to offend her parents and their big contribution. There was a great deal of inequity because of that attitude, and it ruined the church culture in a short time.

    Because I am austere Plain and ordained, in a church that is known to be worldly, people are afraid that I am trying to herd them into a way of life they will find restrictive. But Plain theology is not about making automatons, or even building a theocracy. It is about the apostolic community much like the first century church.

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    gyakusetsu
    Comment on Are Amish free to choose? (March 10th, 2010 at 09:59)

    The difference between ordnung, corporate rules, and college rules on the one hand, and laws on the other, is that the first set of rules are all contingent based on voluntary membership, whereas “laws of the land” are based on violent coercion.

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    Kate
    Comment on Are Amish free to choose? (December 2nd, 2010 at 22:12)

    Thank you! Another major misconception by the ‘english’ world. I’m glad there is someone like you to stick up for the Amish & their way of live. Blessings,
    Kate

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    Bob
    Comment on Are Amish free to choose? (January 4th, 2011 at 15:28)

    I enjoyed reading this republication of “Aaron’s” thoughts on teh Ordnung — very thought provoking, as were the comments listed above. I work in the medical environment where I see another set of rules and restrictions in play, those mandated by the insurance industry and other parties who pay most of the bills for Americal medical care.
    This is a kind of Ordnung when, viewed from Aaron’s viewpoint. Good healthcare is so necessary when serious illness strikes that I’d rank this set of rules somewhere between the “voluntary” and the “coercive”.

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