Arts, Music, and Recreation Music The Beatles: Bigger Than Jesus? Frequently Asked Questions about the Beatles' "Bigger Than Jesus" controversy Share Pin Email Music Oldies Major Artists Key Genres Top Picks The 50s The 60s The 70s Rock Pop Alternative Music Classical Country Folk Rap & Hip Hop Rhythm & Blues Dance Music World Music Punk Music Heavy Metal Jazz Latin Music Children's Music Christian Music Music Education View More by Robert Fontenot Updated March 27, 2016 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. 01 of 10 What was the source of the original "Bigger Than Jesus" quote? 02 of 10 How did the controversy begin? 03 of 10 What was the public's response? 04 of 10 How did the Beatles themselves respond to the controversy? 05 of 10 How did the controversy affect their next tour? 06 of 10 What parodies have been made about the incident? 07 of 10 Are the Beatles bigger than Jesus? 08 of 10 What did John Lennon really think of Jesus and God? 09 of 10 Where does the controversy stand today? 10 of 10 Where can I learn more about the incident? Show Full Article Up Next Up Next Article Some Early Musical Influences On John Lennon Up Next Article A Look at John Lennon's Legacy and Impact on Music Even in Death Up Next Article Interview: May Pang Up Next Article What Happened on the Night of December 8, 1980?