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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How did the controversy begin?

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What was the public's response?

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What parodies have been made about the incident?