17 responses to What’s the difference between Amish and Mennonites?
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    Comment on "black bumper" Mennonites (June 1st, 2011 at 08:48)

    "black bumper" Mennonites

    The “black bumper” term was not just derived from the dark color of the car, but from actually painting all of the shiny (worldly) and abundant chrome black. Back then, there was a premium for car colors other than black so economically black was the color chosen, but there was no “option” to forgo the chrome – hence it had to be painted black. Ahh, the 70’s!

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    Comment on Mennonites and Amish (August 1st, 2011 at 14:54)

    Mennonites and Amish

    I think there are more differences between the Amish and the Mennonites than most people are aware of. Many different Mennonite groups as there are Christian faith groups. Some Mennonite churches do not allow men and women to sit together. Some insist men have beards while others do not allow moustaches. Then you have the opposite extreme where they allow female pastors and gay marriages. Most Mennonites blend in with society and do not own farms. There is so much sterotyping out that that no longer apply.

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    Alan Mauricio Paniagua Velasquez
    Comment on Los Menonitas y los Amish: (September 6th, 2011 at 16:12)

    Los Menonitas y los Amish:

    La diferencia que la Iglesia Evangelica Menonita es que los grupos mas liberales, son los que más enseñan tal caso a la Iglesia Menonita donde asisto los domingos, ellos dicen tengo vestirme como pueda con camisa de cuadros, la diferencia delos Amish que un grupo apartado dela Sociedad actual por ejemplo la Iglesia Menonita Moderna
    algunos miembros estudian en la Universidad entonces cosa Amish no lo hacen entonces hay monton de Contradicciones en la vida que tenemos que desagreditar la television solo utilizo para ver noticias de lo sucede en mi pais Guatemala ya que estudio Derecho.

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    Comment on One more group (January 10th, 2012 at 12:32)

    One more group

    Now would someone PLEASE point out that us Friends (Quakers) are NOT related to either group?

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      Comment on What’s the difference between Amish and Mennonites? (May 27th, 2013 at 06:00)

      I know that this comes some time later than Ann’s original reply.

      Yes, the Religious Society of Friends, referred to commonly as Quakers, are not Anabaptists and are neither Mennonite and Amish.
      The Quakers are varied also, some groups within Quakerism have formal ministers who speak to the congregation while still others allow God and Jesus to speak directly to the Meeting for Worship through the lips of people waiting in silence for “an opening” or a “leading” in what they call the Light.
      The Friends generally have a Pacifist ministry and usually an anti-war stance, which makes them similar to the Amish and Mennonites. The Friends organize themselves into committees to get work done for things like charity and disaster relief much as the Amish and Mennonites do
      Many, although not a majority of Friends, hold what they would call a plain clothes ministry, where they feel they are lead by the Lord to dress in modest clothing, sometimes looking rather like the Amish and Mennonites in that fashion. In fact there was a comment some time ago that it was the Friends plain witness that influenced modern plain among the Old Order groups, at least perhaps to a degree.
      Generally though, in their founding heritage, the Friends are British, and a great deal of their popular history is American, though they are world wide as are more liberal Mennonites. I don’t think you will ever hear a conservative Amish say “thee” to his wife, but you might just hear it from the lips of a very conservative and bible reading Friend, particularly if they read the KJV bible.
      Yes there is a difference between the RSOF and Amish and Mennonites..

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        Comment on What’s the difference between Amish and Mennonites? (July 6th, 2013 at 10:48)

        Thee isn’t related to KJV, though. It has to do with the Quaker testimony of equality. A surprising number of barely theist Friends will use it, and other forms of Plain speech.

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        Comment on hello (June 9th, 2015 at 19:33)


        Bless You.☺

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        Comment on definitely (June 9th, 2015 at 19:46)


        I never met anyone in amish/Mennonites I never was so quick to judge like most people that are non like these decent people that keep to them selves most of the time. I’ve passed by these wonderful people, even though they seem to be shut out by this world because of their own beliefs and culture is not fair how others treat the Amish and Mennonite. Always polite, simple and loyal to others when they are given the chance. Can’t forget how hard workers they are.they stick together but their love for things are not like the others in the world. I like their ways and sometimes I feel somehow have related similarities but I’m not called Amish just as simple and alone kind of person. Love your family and show kindness to all around. I love the these people they are GODS PEOPLE TO.

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    Comment on I'm so confused!!!!!!!!!!! (October 26th, 2012 at 20:43)

    I'm so confused!!!!!!!!!!!

    I still don’t know the difference!

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      Comment on What’s the difference between Amish and Mennonites? (May 27th, 2013 at 03:03)

      There’s really no, or little difference between the Mennonites and the Amish.

      The Mennonites are the original Catholic group who broke off from that church due to a difference in belief and their (Catholics) refusal to follow traditional beliefs and practices.

      The Amish are a group of religious followers who are nearly identical to the Mennonites, except that the Amish refused to recognize and adopt social change and its development/discoveries/advances.

      Their similarities? Both groups believe in the same GOD, his direction given in The Bible, and they both refuse to keep-up (the Mennonites practices a little more acceptance) of the progression of Mankind and his abilities.

      Rather, both the Mennonites and the Amish prefer to stay in the past rather than receive and accept what the goodness of GOD has given us.

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    Comment on Differences Between Amish and Horse & Buggy Mennonites (July 6th, 2013 at 08:06)

    Differences Between Amish and Horse & Buggy Mennonites

    Amish and plain Mennonites share the values of non-resistance, non-swearing, and non-litigation.

    In this original YouTube video, you can see some of the differences between the Amish and the Horse & Buggy Mennonites. This compares the Arthur, Illinois Amish with Penn Yan, New York plain Mennonites. It was made by Ernest Bontrager in June 2013, with a duration of 6:20.

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    Comment on What’s the difference between Amish and Mennonites? (July 6th, 2013 at 12:18)

    “There’s really no, or little difference between the Mennonites and the Amish”

    This often is not true anymore. Remember that there is a VAST difference between the various types of Mennonites. Some Mennonites are very similar to the Amish ( who of course, have variations as well); many Mennonites today however, have given up any idea of being separated from the world in any sense and would have little to distinguish them from any mainstram, liberal church.

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    Comment on another way of life (November 2nd, 2013 at 18:06)

    another way of life

    I am a African American female doing a research paper on the culture of Amish and Mennonites what I have found is that the have simple and peaceful life. I don’t go to church because most churches have false preachers and false people. But I try to live a life of goodness. It’s nice to see group of people that as we say in our culture “practice what they preach”.

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      Comment on Why (November 3rd, 2013 at 12:23)


      Charlene-why did u feel it was important to add that you are an african american

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      Comment on What’s the difference between Amish and Mennonites? (November 4th, 2013 at 09:06)

      Hello Charlene,

      There is at least one Mennonite Church in Boone NC that is predominantly African American. I believe it is called the Mennonite Brethren of Boone. You may find it useful to contact them. I have not visited with this church, so unfortunately I can provide you little info on it other than it exists. My guess is that it would be a fairly “un-conservative” church, but I am just speculating here.


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    Comment on What’s the difference between Amish and Mennonites? (November 3rd, 2013 at 14:51)

    Why do you have a problem with someone stating their cultural background? Why didn’t you question my Quakerism? Sounds like you have a problem with African Americans.

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    Comment on Practice what they preach? (December 1st, 2014 at 21:37)

    Practice what they preach?

    I know what your intent was with the comment about practicing what you preach. However, it is also wise to be wary of legalist religious traps that ensnare and drag down the Holy Spirit’s ability to operate. Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. Not to live as we wish, but from the entanglement of man-made religious rules. Dressing plain or avoiding use of motor cars makes no one bound for heaven. That can only come through a confession and belief in Yeshua as Lord in one’s life. Jesus spoke most harshly to the religious zealots of his time, and religion today is no more appealing in His sight than it was then. We need each to seek a daily relationship and walk with our Savior, and to allow His Holy Spirit free reign to do what He will in our lives. Be blessed as you seek Him!

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