Joe mackalls plain secretsThanks to Gina for pointing out a link to an NPR piece on a new book, Plain Secrets, on the Swartzentruber Amish.  I have not read the full book yet but did read the excerpt on the site.  It seems pretty good.

Mackall brings up the Amish position against formal insurance.

It reminded me of a recent chat I had with an Amish friend (Old Order, not Swartzentruber) in Holmes County.

‘No, I don’t have insurance, but I do have assurance–assurance of a God that loves me, assurance that my church will help me out if my shop burns down’.

Assurance not insurance.  Not exactly a novel concept, but perhaps one society has gotten too far away from.

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