SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) - A new book co-authored by a northern Indiana history professor is shining a light on the similarities and differences in the nation's Amish communities
The book, called "The Amish", challenges the view that the Amish are not a diverse religious group. The book is a companion to a PBS documentary that aired last year.
Goshen College history professor Steven Nolt wrote the book with two researchers who work at other universities.
He tells the South Bend Tribune that the estimated 275,000 Amish living in the United States and Canada share deep religious convictions and a skepticism of contemporary society. That includes the belief that modern technology will lead people away from the church and that advanced education could make people arrogant.
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