I've heard of different groups, typically technology-rejecting ones, being referred to as "Amish" or "Mennonite". Is there a difference between those two terms? What do these groups believe?

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    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/… would imply the Amish split off from the Mennonites
    – user1694
    Aug 20, 2012 at 16:55
  • I have some close friends who live near by who attend Center Amish Mennonite Church. So in a sense, asking the difference between the Amish and Mennonites is like asking the difference between a collie and a dog. In a lot of ways, the Amish are a subset of the Mennonites.
    – Flimzy
    Jun 27, 2013 at 3:40

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According to Wikipedia, the Amish (aka Amish Mennonites) are a group that broke off from the Mennonites in Switzerland in 1693, led by Jakob Ammann, from which the name comes.1

While Amish reject many modern technological advancements, Mennonites have a broader range of acceptance of such things. Some Mennonites are quite similar to the Amish, while others accept all modern technology. I had a friend in college who was Mennonite, and he drove a car, used computers and did everything else.

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  • I had a Mennonite professor of religion in college - he was also a multi-degree black belt (and instructor) in Mui Thai Kickboxing
    – warren
    Aug 20, 2012 at 17:18
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    @warren So, I take it you got all your homework assignments in on time?
    – Narnian
    Aug 20, 2012 at 18:08
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    I did ;) .. and I went to his MTK class one night, too - very interesting fellow
    – warren
    Aug 20, 2012 at 19:00
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    I'm a Mennonite, and I know of at least one or two other regulars here who are as well.
    – Flimzy
    Aug 18, 2014 at 11:20

The Amish and Mennonites are very similar in most of their basic religious beliefs. However the way they live and dress etc. is different from a lot of Mennonites. "Mennonite" is a very broad term ranging from those who drive horse and buggy and are very similar to the Amish and those who pretty much blend in with the world.


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