The Beatles: Bigger Than Jesus?

Frequently Asked Questions about the Beatles' "Bigger Than Jesus" controversy

It was the most infamous and disruptive moment in a Beatles history that was filled with them: the magazine interview where John Lennon, in predicting Christianity's decline, declared the band to be "more popular than Jesus now." The ensuing outrage helped kick the band offstage for good, jumpstart the youth counteruclture of the '60s in Amerixa -- and almost get the band killed. This FAQ (list of Frequently Asked Questions) explains the controversy's origins, its scope, its aftermath, and influence.

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What was the source of the original "Bigger Than Jesus" quote?

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How did the controversy begin?

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What was the public's response?

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How did the Beatles themselves respond to the controversy?

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How did the controversy affect their next tour?

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What parodies have been made about the incident?

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Are the Beatles bigger than Jesus?

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What did John Lennon really think of Jesus and God?

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Where does the controversy stand today?

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Where can I learn more about the incident?