Religious Seekers’ Attraction to the Plain Mennonites and Amish

  title={Religious Seekers’ Attraction to the Plain Mennonites and Amish},
  author={Cory Anderson},
  journal={Review of Religious Research},
  • C. Anderson
  • Published 1 March 2016
  • Sociology
  • Review of Religious Research
For all the liberties granted Westerners, a small stream of seekers is looking into the seemingly austere plain Anabaptist sects (Amish, Mennonites, etc.). What are they seeking? Using theories of modernity, secularization, and gender as guides, this study analyzes survey data from a web-based convenience sample of 1074 seekers. Females, young adults, and evangelicals are overrepresented. Chief attractions include religious seriousness, strong community, and modesty. A factor analysis of all 21… 
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