God’s Email Address lands chaplain in Row.
God’s email address lands chaplain in row.
‘It is blasphemous and I might suggest he read the third commandment tonight,’ added Miss Widdecombe, the shadow health minister.
But Mr Kinsey, chaplain and steward of Downing college and director of studies in theology and religious studies, has insisted he has no deific aspirations and merely chose the address to make it easier for students to access him.
‘Christians make heavy weather of everything in life. I am not calling myself God. It’s just an easy way to reach me, and it’s less dull than using the name chaplain. No one forgets it,’ he told the student newspaper Varsity.
Yesterday he said in a statement issued by the university: ‘I have been using the letters g-o-d as an address for email to be sent to, not as a user name. I am still listed as the Rev Bruce Kinsey in the university address book.
‘As a college chaplain, it’s important that people are able to contact me easily. This new email address has certainly proved to be memorable to both students and staff in the college.’
Former social security minister Frank Field, who famously intervened in the row between the organist and dean at Westminster abbey, said: ‘I think it’s a rather neat thing to do. You might forget the chaplain’s name, but even nowadays you wouldn’t forget God.’
And being God on-line has amused some with a major London firm emailing the chaplain for advice on a merger.
‘It’s nice to see that people can take a joke,’ said Mr Kinsey. ‘I really enjoy those sort of things, it makes the world a happier place.’