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A loss (requiescet in pace, et lux perpetua libera nos)

Zippy Catholic has been around for a long time. No longer. And this is sad, but this we should remember: blessed are those who die in the law, for they have rest, and their deeds live after them.

OT: Zippy Catholic has unexpectedly died. I think he shared some readers with Vox, me being one. He was a tech head nerd who did well for himself in the dot com bubble. I know him only from his blog zippycatholic.wordpress.com where he did some savage analysis and takedowns of usury, liberalism and what he called anti-realism. I’m really going to miss him. RIP

There’s been a death in the St. Blog’s family, one that has a lot of personal impact for me: Zippy Catholic has died, killed in a bicycling accident.

I got to know Zippy better than one normally does in blogging. We even met a couple of times and I visited his home in Virginia.

Zippy was old school. I don’t think I’ve ever met anybody as committed to honesty, rationalism and fidelity to the Magisterium as he was. I don’t know that we always agreed, but I can say with certainty that wherever we disagreed, it was not possible that we did so because he was dishonest. The fault was either a failure to love the truth on my part or a failure by one or both of us in our honest attempts to calculate the data. It was unthinkable for him to fudge the data to fit his prejudices.

I hang more around the reformed side of the Christian realist sphere, but the comments from those who know him are illuminating, particularly those I respect.

Dear Gabriel, and all your family: know that I am devastated at this news. Despite our never having met in person, your father was a good friend to me, and a great teacher. His is among the most brilliant, coherent, careful, *good* minds I have ever encountered, and that is saying something. I shall eagerly await our reunion with Matt, and look forward to many defeats at his hands.

And, I look forward to meeting you there, too, strong man of God.

God bless you, Matthew. See you soon.

When we’ve been there 10,000 years,
Bright shining as the sun,
We’ll no less days to sing God’s praise
Than when we’d first begun.


May we all be shining with Zippy.

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