Tuesday, September 2, 2014
I just watched three hour-long bbc documentaries about the Amish, Amish: A Secret Life, Trouble In Amish Paradise, and Leaving Amish Paradise. The three documentaries form a set that record a few families over several years.
First, the documentaries are interesting because they show a group that historically has avoided visual recordings. Second, the thread throughout the documentary is that these families agreed to being recorded because they disagree with a works-based/legal method of salvation. They believe in an evangelical Christianity that emphasizes a personal relationship with Jesus as the means of salvation.
One big impetus of this change is that the Bible is now widely available in English, rather than the antiquated German that few Amish understand. Amish can now see that the old-order Amish behavioral laws are not part of the Bible, and that the Bible promotes a faith/relationship-based method of salvation. Also, the Amish featured in these documentaries express a wisdom about family, work, and faith that I rarely see, even among mature Christians.