Quotation by John Lennon

Christianity will go. It will vanish and shrink. I needn't argue with 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 and roll or Christianity.
John Lennon (1940–1980), British songwriter, rock musician. Evening Standard (London, March 4, 1966).

This remark provoked a storm of reaction, especially in the U.S., causing Lennon to explain himself at a press conference in Chicago, Aug. 11, 1966: "I'm not saying that we're better or greater, or comparing us with Jesus Christ as a person, or God as a thing, or whatever it is. I just said what I said, and it was wrong, or it was taken wrong. And now it's all this." In his autobiography, A Moveable Feast, ch. 18 (1964), Ernest Hemingway quoted Zelda Fitzgerald: "Ernest, don't you think Al Jolson is greater than Jesus?"
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