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Interest in Amish, similar communities on the rise

Catholic World News - September 04, 2013

A growing number of women and young adults are exploring Amish, Mennonite, and similar communities because of their simple, family-centered lifestyle and modesty, David Briggs of the Association of Religion Data Archives recently noted.

Although only around 1,200 of the 500,000 members of such communities in the US are converts, “that number has been growing in recent years as more people seek the plain life, in part lured by the utopian vision of a simpler, family-oriented lifestyle depicted in Amish romance novels, tourism sites, news features and some popular films,” said Briggs, citing a study presented at a recent meeting of the Association for the Sociology of Religion.

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