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Brits uninspired by Bishop Michael Curry's royal wedding sermon, poll finds

Tue 19 Jun 2018
By Eno Adeogun

US Bishop Rt Rev Michael Curry's wedding sermon for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle didn't leave a lasting impression on Brits, despite the initial praise it received.

A poll by Christian Think Tank Theos explored what people really thought about the presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church's address, once the media bandwagon had moved on.

Paul Bickley, director of political studies at Theos told Premier what inspired them to do the poll.


"We wanted to get beyond the initial frenzy. Lots of reactions that came immediately following the sermon perceived on social media and in the news headlines as a really significant moment.

"We found something different from that… certainly there was a great deal of ambivalence and that's the bad news."

Only 16 per cent of respondents said they would be more likely to go to church if the preaching was similar to Bishop Michael's and 12 per cent thought the sermon improved their understanding of Christianity.

However, Bickley highlighted that there were also positive results from the poll.

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"There's a very, very positive minority and those aren't just Christians - even amongst religious-nons - even among people that don't identify with faith, there was a significant minority whose perceptions were changed by the sermon."

The 14 minute sermon was the most tweeted about moment of the ceremony, receiving 40,000 tweets per-minute.

Listen to Paul Bickley speaking with Premier's Alex Williams:

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