What are the differences between these reformers and

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What are the differences between these reformers and “mainstream” Protestant reformers? What are the definitions of the following and what makes them important? 1. Separation from the World - the world was perceived as a place controlled by evil and they believed that they should separate themselves from it- therefore were disinterested in politics or affair of the state 2. Refusal to swear oaths - literally refused to swear oaths - the oath was the basis of the feudal system and their refusal appeared as if they were against the basic organization of society 3. Nonresistance - refused to do anything violent - refused to fight in wars for any reason
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4. Believers Baptism - infant baptism was not acceptable - children were regarded as innocent until they reached an age of accountability 5. Community of Goods - believed in sharing one’s goods with everyone- friends and enemies Amish - group of anabaptists who trace their roots to Swiss Anabaptists (broke away under Jacob Amman) - severely persecuted, so they migrated to North America in the 1700s and 1800s settling in small isolated areas - 70% of Amish live in Ohio (most), Pennsylvania, and Indiana - high church retention rate- about 80% attend church on a regular basis - current population is about 192,000 - have divided into subgroups/orders- Swartzengruber, Old Order, Andy Weaver, and New Order Amish - old order- most common and biggest, use kerosene lamps, steel wheels on farm equipment, milk their cows by hand, no telephones, no bikes, no electrical equipment - all groups operate independently from each other - swartzengruber- most conservative
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