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Of the world’s population of 7.8 billion, Christianity is the most widely practised religion in the world, with more than 2 billion followers. Next in popularity are 1.5 billion followers of Islam and 900 million Hindu. There are many beliefs that Christians have in common. There are however, not unsurprisingly, also many differences in the more than 21,000 Christian denominations.

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Amish are an American Protestant group with around 200,000 members.
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Amish History/schism

The Amish church split from the Swiss Anabaptist church in 1693.

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The Amish church began with a schism in the Swiss Anabaptist church around 1693 led by Jakob Ammann. The community expanded to Alsace, Germany, Russia, and Holland. Many subsequently emigrated to Pennsylvania in the early 18th Century to escape persecution.[1] In the 1990's, there was about 90,000 Amish people in North America and very little left in Europe. After the technological advances in the world, the community split into two communities: one that accepts social change and other that rejects it. This led to schism in the Amish groups into ones who follow small independent churches, and others who joined the Mennonite church. [2] Different Amish groups took different takes on how to deal with technology. For example, some groups only ride horses and bikes while others accept to ride automobiles but not drive them. Individuals who do nor follow the rules of the group get excommunicated. [3]

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  1. https://www.bbc.co.uk/religion/religions/christianity/subdivisions/amish_1.shtml
  2. https://www.britannica.com/topic/Amish
  3. https://ohiohistorycentral.org/w/Amish

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