Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Friendly Hutterites

I listened to yet another interesting podcast today from The Best of National Geographic Magazine called Solace on Surprise Creek (mp3). Photographer Bill Allard relates his time over the years spent with the Hutterites. It is a fascinating look at this religious sect and I always like to see the humanity of even people I disagree with. Their lifestyle has a charming simplicity to it that can be attractive, but there's also much I would not be able to accept. While they seem to do an admirable job of living the ideal set out in Acts 4:32-5:11 of the New Testament, the control over one's life by the elders and the absence of female participation in decision-making bothers me greatly. Still, a good podcast.