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"The Beatles are more popular than Jesus." Such was John Lennon's evaluation of the phenomenon of Beatlemania in the mid-1960s. What is even more interesting than Lennon's observation, however, is the response that Americans gave to such a bold claim: We rose up, and with our righteous indignation reaching peak levels, we piled our Beatles' albums in the streets and burned them (steamrollers were also involved). It was as if we were responding collectively as a culture, by exclaiming, "How dare you tell us that Jesus isn't popular!"

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1 [ Back ] C.H. Spurgeon, "The Man of One Subject" in The Treasure of the New Testament, Vol. 2 (London: Marshall, Morgan, and Scott, 1962), pp. 150-156.
2 [ Back ] John Williamson Nevin, The Anxious Bench (London: Taylor & Francis, 1987).
3 [ Back ] D.G. Hart, Recovering Mother Kirk (Grand Rapids: Baker, 2003).

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Issue: "Grace: How Strange the Sound" July/August 2007 Vol. 16 No. 4 Page number(s): 17-20

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