The Sage Encyclopedia for the Sociology of Religion
Edited by Adam Possami and Anthony Blasi

Anderson, Cory. 2020.

Pp. 25-27

Research Points
  • History: Amish emerged from 1690s division among Swiss Brethren, 1860s Old Order/Amish- Mennonite schism, several major 20 th century schisms within Old Order.

  • Population: Around 250,000 adherents in 2010, doubling time of 20.5 years, 1 million Amish by 2050

  • Beliefs and Practice: 1632 Dordrecht Confession of Faith, baptism on confession of faith, doctrine of separation from world, intimate church

  • Scholarship: Folk society- and “modern”-focused theoretical assumptions have dominated but recently critiqued

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