The Only Absolute

January 27, 2007 — 5 Comments

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

Tim Sweetman


Tim Sweetman is a young writer, blogger, and student who lives near our nation’s capital, Washington D.C. He has been much more widely known by his “code-name,” Agent Tim. This name also served as the name of his popular blog, which received over 750,000 visits between 2005 to 2007. In 2005, he quickly rose to become a leading teenage spokesperson and cultural critic within the booming blogosphere, taking on issues such as MySpace, alcohol, homeschooling, pride, racism, tolerance, and other topics relating to our culture today. His blog has come to the attention of people such as Albert Mohler, C.J. Mahaney, Alex and Brett Harris, and La Shawn Barber. Tim’s written work has appeared in Lifeway’s Living With Teenagers (February 2012), Lookout Magazine, FUSION Magazine, The Brink Online, The Old Schoolhouse Magazine, Virtue Magazine, Regenerate Our Culture Online Magazine, and on many other blogs and websites across the internet like Marry Well and the Lies Young Women Believe Blog. He has also been featured in WORLD Magazine, The Towers Magazine, and Maryland Newsline. He is scheduled to have an article appear in Veritas Magazine this December. Most recently, his work can be found on Focus on the Family’s Boundless Webzine. His personal interests include writing (surprise!) and sports, both watching and playing. He is a die-hard Washington Redskins fan.

5 responses to The Only Absolute

  1. Great post Tim! Y’all need to comment more though :)

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

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

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