Following up a recent AA post on Amish families leaving the church, Kevin Williams at the Amish Cook is blogging an article on a down-south Lancaster-transplant Amish clan that ends up ‘going Pentecostal’.

Some good points made by Kevin and the commenters…I would only add this:  on the article-writer describing the Amish ‘believing the use of modern technology to be a sin’…that really ain’t so.


According to standard Amish belief, modern tech is not sinful per se.  Cars and internet and things get banned because of the potential that ownership of these items introduces for weakening and destroying the traditional, egalitarian, stick-close-and-rely-on-each-other ideal of the typical Amish community.

Solar panels, phone booths, mechanical milkers, flashlights, battery-operated video game players showing up to varying degrees across Amish America all attest to the idea that the Amish will accept modern technology, as long as it passes ‘the test’.

‘The test’ varies, though, and your church might not agree with mine on any or all of those things.  Enough disagreements arise, and our churches may disfellowship.  But that’s a topic for another time.

photo:  Whitney Miller/Bristol Herald Courier

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