Book Review: Plain Meetinghouses

Edge Induced Cohesion

Plain Meethinghouses:  Lancaster County Old Order Mennonites Gather To Worship, by Beth Oberholtzer, photos by John Herr

[Note:  This book was provided free of charge by Edelweiss/Schiffer Publishing.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.]

There may not be many people who would appreciate this book as much as I did, but I found a great deal about this book to enjoy.  My own religious traditions share a great deal with the Mennonites [1], such as a standoffish relationship towards involvement with government, a desire to avoid worldliness, baptism of adults rather than infants, footwashing, strong schismatic tendencies, and a strong preference for community unity rather than individuality.  Given these similarities due to our common background of pietism, there was a lot here that I was able to appreciate from my own personal experience.  The author and photographer here do a fantastic job at showing the simplicity of the plain…

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My name is James Pate. This blog is about my journey. I read books. I watch movies and TV shows. I go to church. I try to find meaning. And, when I can’t do that, I just talk about stuff that I find interesting. I have degrees in fields of religious studies. I have an M.Phil. in the History of Biblical Interpretation from Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati, Ohio. I also have an M.A. in Hebrew Bible from Jewish Theological Seminary, an M.Div. from Harvard Divinity School, and a B.A. from DePauw University.
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