4 responses to How Might Amish Fiction Shape Amish Spirituality?
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    New York State of Mind
    Comment on How Might Amish Fiction Shape Amish Spirituality? (June 28th, 2013 at 06:48)

    I think that some Amish people struggle at some point in life like those of us do in different religions especially when there is a crises in life. We wonder if we are in the right religion, are we doing as the Lord would want, and more. I read Amish novels and don’t believe as many people struggle as books written-but again I don’t know. I know in my struggle, I found that I was where I suppose to be and my crises just strengthened me in my religious beliefs.

    Marilyn

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    KimH
    Comment on How Might Amish Fiction Shape Amish Spirituality? (June 28th, 2013 at 12:21)

    I think as humans we each & every one of us struggle with spiritual issues, which are truly the issues that make us human. What we do with them are as different as there are people..

    I think Amish fiction could indeed plant seeds in those who read them, no matter whether you’re Amish or not..
    While evangelical Christianity is much more common outside the Amish community than it is within, there are still people who have no clue to what was phrased as “Enlightened”. We all have to decide on our own what we will do & how we interact with the world of those who are different than we are..

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    Yonie Wondernose
    Comment on How Might Amish Fiction Shape Amish Spirituality? (June 29th, 2013 at 09:21)

    Whatever the case may be here. Surrounding culture certainly has effect on all and patterns of life. And thought expressed by columnist Micheal Gerson has really stood out to me when he said That American Christianity is unlike anything the world has ever seen and is often the antithesis of the experience that others have had thru history. My own thoughts further are that the fact that evangelicalism has been the dominant religious influence in the states for so many years it cannot help but shape evangelical theological thought and practice and explain some of the divergence between marginal cultures such as an old order one and an evangelical one.

    One little closing thought is think about the different perspectives that a Chinese Christian or an African Christian would have compared to an American one in terms of suffering because of your faith.

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    Ed
    Comment on How Might Amish Fiction Shape Amish Spirituality? (July 4th, 2013 at 21:53)

    Amish theology, from what I’ve learned here and elsewhere, is quite different from Evangelical Christianity which has become the predominant stream of Christianity in the U.S.

    I think it would be all our loss if the unique aspects of Amish theology (“living hope” vs. assurance of salvation, refusal to swear oaths, non-proselytizing, non-violence) were to be lost in a sea of fictional portrayals from non-Amish authors.

    Perhaps a solution would be more fiction written by the Amish themselves.

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