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By Ellis Henican, Levi Stoltzfus

ISBN-10: 1501110322

ISBN-13: 9781501110320

Move at the back of the beards during this bold insider’s examine the curious Amish lifestyle of Pennsylvania Dutch Country!

Is the “plain and simple” existence particularly so undeniable and straightforward? How do the Amish dwell with no autos? electrical energy? NFL soccer? in reality, they don’t. greater than fifty million humans have watched “Lebanon” Levi Stoltzfus in Discovery Channel’s hit convey Amish Mafia, where he dispenses justice and retains the peace one of the likely quiet, insular Amish humans of Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Now, he finds what it’s quite prefer to be Amish. no longer the buggies, bonnets, and beards picture the tight-knit group has portrayed for centuries to the relentless interest of outsiders. The real-deal, daily life—the reliable and the bad—all the soiled little secrets and techniques you’re no longer presupposed to understand. From wireless “pleasure huts,” to prostitutes, to marijuana and cocaine, you’ll by no means examine the Amish the same.

It isn’t effortless preserving your ft planted firmly within the 1800s whilst the remainder of the realm is centuries forward. now not even for the main God-fearing between us. The Amish have their very own certain approach of doing every thing, and the lengths they are going to visit take pleasure in sleek conveniences—and cover their indiscretions—will surprise you. What have you ever been demise to grasp? How approximately what particularly occurs while somebody is avoided? Or no matter if the Amish pay taxes? Do they ever try and “pass” as English (in different phrases, non-Amish)? How rampant is illicit intercourse in this kind of repressed society? Can members make themselves stand out regardless of the stern principles? Why may the Amish take such hazards while the punishment is everlasting damnation?

“Lebanon” Levi blows the pinnacle off the buggy with this scandalous insider’s exposé, proving that even the Amish don’t continuously perform what they pontificate.

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Don’t we have the same faith? The issue raised by such a divergent response to a pagan ritual is: Can a foreign faith be inculturated or contextualized apart from falling into syncretism? Missionaries were allergic to every hint of syncretism. But was not the Christianity they transmitted itself a product of a two-thousand-year process of synthesizing the biblical message with a series of cultural forms – Greek, Roman, Teutonic, Slavic, Nordic, and so forth? Is there any such thing as a pure Gospel without being wrapped in the swaddling clothes of some culture?

If we can call the services of the Orthodox Church a school of theology, then the Divine Liturgy is this school par excellence. It teaches us about the mysteries of the Heavenly Kingdom because it itself is an icon of this Kingdom, the most complete, perfect reflection of the heavenly reality in our earthly conditions, a revelation of the transcendent through the immanent. In the Kingdom of God all symbols shall pass away, and only the heavenly reality will remain. There we will not commune of the Body and Blood of Christ in the form of bread and wine, but in a more perfect way we shall be united with Christ Himself, the Source of life and immortality.

The clergy should not openly express their emotions or draw attention to themselves by their manner of celebration. The congregation’s attention must be focused not on them, but on the Celebrator of the Liturgy – Christ Himself. This also holds true for the deacons, who in some cases turn the services into a theatre by exploiting all of their vocal and artistic abilities to make as strong an impression as possible. The role of the deacon is extremely important: he calls the faithful to prayer and is therefore obliged to create a prayerful atmosphere, not ruin it.

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