Amish dating culture
In 1991, and again in 2001, we provided what is perhaps the most complete explanation of the issue of photographs, graven images, and the Amish.
In the process, we tried to debunk some of the misconceptions outsiders have about the Amish people's aversion to having their pictures taken.
It can remain isolated and guard itself against factors leading to disunity and disruption.
To the Amish, the idea of separation from the modern world and non-conformity to its ways are stated clearly in the New Testament---"Be not conformed to this world, but be ye transformed." The Amish have adopted some facets of modern technology and shunned others.
The fact that the Amish population is growing, and that the majority of their young people decide to join the faith through adult baptism, testifies that there are important values in this culture.
But as most locals know, the Amish often have calendars, books, magazines and newspapers with pictures in them.
Some Amish enjoy sketching, and some Amish have even become known for their folk art. Should not these also be considered "graven images?