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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 politics and attitudes to equality

The Amish have firm beliefs. They are pacifists who reject all forms of violence. They also believe in set gender roles; men are the spiritual leaders at home and in the church, women are the caregivers. Abortion is prohibited under all circumstances and there are strict ideas on what constitutes sin, such as homosexuality.
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The Amish want to live apart from the world and do not pass judgment on outsiders.[1] They're patriarchal, ‘traditional’ values do not sit well alongside ideas of equality. They believe God established special roles for men and women. It is the man’s responsibility to be the spiritual leader in the home and the church. The man’s head should be uncovered in praying, while the woman’s head is to be veiled signifying her acceptance of Christ’s order.[2] The Amish admire large families and tend not to use birth control other than to control the spacing of children.[3] They believe sex outside of marriage, divorce, homosexuality, and public nakedness are sins forbidden by the Bible. Modesty and purity are vital virtues.[3] Amish men outlive Amish women, in part because of the high birth rate (average of 7 live births/woman). Abortion is forbidden by religious doctrine, even when the pregnancy is life-threatening. [4] The Amish are pacifists and conscientious objectors, basing this on Jesus' instruction that one should love one's enemy. They reject all forms of violence, including angry words or going to law.[3]

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Rejecting the premises

Further Reading

Adams, C.E. & Leverland, M. (1986) The effects of religious beliefs on the health care practices of the Amish. Nurse Practitioner, 11(3), 58-67


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