The Only Absolute

In a long weekend, I understand that you need to read something short, yet powerful. In a big way, I have the same problem: I need to write something short yet “powerful.” But I certainly can’t do it quite like Francis Schaeffer.

“In passing, we should note this curious mark of our own age: the only absolute allowed is the absolute insistence that there is no absolute”

–Francis Schaeffer

5 responses to “The Only Absolute”

  1. Alex says:

    Great post Tim! Y’all need to comment more though 🙂

    (i.e. I think discussion is fixed now :D)

  2. ra says:

    Yes, and if we really believe in evolution, then we cannot possibly condemn Hitler, because what he did was relative to his own truth. Even more, Hitler sought to advance the evolutionary progression of man by the ‘super’ Aryan race. This is a helpful talking point in evangelism 🙂

  3. ModestMoe says:

    That is a very good quote, and I’m a sucker for good quotes.

    We live in an odd time where the only absolute truth we’re allowed to confess — and have be politically correct — is there are no absolute truths.

    I’ve been blessed to have gotten saved when I was young, so I don’t know from personal experience, but it seems like not having any absolutes to cling to would leave someone feeling very hopeless.


  4. Kullervo says:

    Double meh.

    Meh- Absolute relativity is nothing but a reaction to modernism. It’s not a new way of looking at things, and it isn’t here to stay either. Nor do most people really believe in it anyway. Here’s what I think about it:

    Meh- If evolution is true, then Hitler is the antithesis of evolution, not a good example of it. Evolution works naturally, not according to some guy’s ideology. Eugenics is counter-evolution. Plus, it’s a terrible takling point. When you bring up Hitler, people usually stop listening to you. That’s Godwin’s Law. Unless the people agreed with you anyway, but then it wasn’t a good talking point; it was just an ideological circle jerk.

  5. Shaun says:

    I love Francis Schaeffer. The Christian Manifesto is one of my favorite books, by far.

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