American Experience Documentary: The Amish

Last night aired a documentary on PBS on the Amish. I haven’t watched the whole video yet, but here’s one really interesting section of the video (I didn’t see a way to embed the whole thing):

Watch The Amish on PBS. See more from American Experience.

In general, there are so many things I admire about the Amish: the strong value of church not as something you do but as something you are a part of, the seriousness given to the teachings of Jesus, the emphasis on forgiveness, and of course some of the other Anabaptist values that I also line up with like non-violence and rejection of consumerism. There are also things I don’t like, of course: the mentality of either being a part of the community or not with no in-between, all-male leadership, and some very detailed religious rules (that probably had a well-intended starting point but I’m guessing is largely lost now). Check out the documentary and leave comments on your thoughts.

Ryan Robinson

It is easiest to identify Ryan as both theologian and tech guy. By day, Ryan is a Technical Consultant work with PeaceWorks Technology Solutions. There, he works on websites, CRMs, and SharePoint implementations. Along with blogging here, Ryan is a founding member of the MennoNerds blogging network and a contributor to the book A Living Alternative.