I liked the episode!
Esther is an enjoyable presence in the show. I think her presence balances out Mose Gingerich’s. Mose Gingerich is a likeable guy and I’m not being negative,but I just wonder how typical his experience is of ex-Amish? Sounds like he came from a very conservative community with extraordinarily rigid rules. But I think he sowed a lot of goodwill by helping a non-Amish become Amish in tonight’s episode. To me that showed that he’s not out to bash the Amish, he’s pragmatic and open-minded and I like that. The 16-year-old girl who wanted to join the Amish, to me, seemed way too young to make that decision. The Amish are Anabaptists – they’re baptized as adults – so she wouldn’t even be allowed to join a church for a couple of more years. The Amish believe only adults are equipped to make such a choice about their faith.
Where’d they find an Amish bishop willing to talk on camera? Very unusual, even with evolving views within the church towards cameras. And the Amish bishop said that the ordnung is a set of “written rules.” That may be true in his church but in most Amish churches the ordnung is unwritten.
Otherwise, I think it was an enjoyable episode. I think Mose Gingerich and NatGeo are doing a good job so far of blending education and entertainment. Just my two-cents, anyone else have any thoughts?