Question: Beatles "Bigger Than Jesus" FAQ - The quote
What was the source of the original "Bigger Than Jesus" quote?
On March 4, 1966, John's friend Maureen Cleave, a reporter for the London Evening
Standard who'd first met the Beatle in 1963, met Lennon at his Tudor mansion in
Weybridge for an article on his daily life, part of a four-part series where she
interviewed each Beatle separately. The rather slight result revealed a bored,
isolated, and somewhat jaded Lennon living at home with wife Cynthia and restlessly
searching for new artistic directions; perhaps as part of that restlessness, it also
found him questioning many established ideas he'd grown up with. The quote about
Jesus, in full, comes in the context of a paragraph that reads as follows:
Experience has sown few seeds of doubt in him: not that his mind is closed, but it's
closed round whatever he believes at the time. "Christianity will go," he said. "It
will vanish and shrink. I needn't argue about that; I'm right and I will be proved
right. We're more popular than Jesus now; I don't know which will go first-rock 'n'
roll or Christianity. Jesus was all right but his disciples were thick and ordinary.
It's them twisting it that ruins it for me." He is reading extensively about