Bishop’s attack on Lennon’s Imagine: Senior Catholic says song is ‘heart-chilling vision’ that has misled world over the causes of war

John Lennon’s anthem Imagine is a ‘heart-chilling vision’ that has misled the world about the causes of war, a senior Roman Catholic bishop said yesterday.(Mon)

Lennon’s song is just a lazy repetition of the ‘ill-founded belief’ that religion causes wars, the Bishop of Shrewsbury, the Right Reverend Mark Davies, said.

But the wars of the 20th century were inspired by secular and anti-Christian ideologies, the Bishop said.

He condemned the 1971 Lennon song in a Christmas homily calling for recognition of the Christian nature of the festival at a time when, he said, schools, public officials and state institutions are trying to sweep away any connection between religion and seasonal celebrations.

  • I genuinely hate that song. It gives me the creeps.

    • Frau Katze

      Agree 100%. I don’t even like the tune.

      • “I hope some day you’ll join us…”

        Yeah, no.

    • b_marco

      Aside from its content I hate the fact that it’s burnt into millions of brains and the implications thereof.

  • Frau Katze

    A certain news outlet just loves it

    This he said, was similar to the way that Nazis and communists rejected religion in the name of progress.

    The Lennon song – once described by its author as ‘virtually the Communist Manifesto’ – remains a revered highlight of pop history, and Rolling Stone magazine has rated it at number three among the 500 greatest songs of all time.

  • Blacksmith

    While I agree with him on the song, The wars caused by religion are only from one faith, can you say pisslam?

    • just a thought

      That may be true now, but the number of people murdered last century in the name of atheism was well over 100,000,000.

      • Blacksmith

        I guess I don’t get your point, athiest do not believe in a god or a deity of any kind, that makes them not a religion. I also should have been a little clearer in my statement. Modern wars those in the last century approximately are not of a religious nature or if they are then it is almost without exception one “religion” starting it.

  • The Goat

    My God, they found a Catholic bishop. I thought they had all gone extinct in the wild.

  • MannieP

    I’ve long called it the worst song ever written. A song of utter despair. “Nothing to live or die for.” A universe of ants.

  • just a thought

    “There is no G-d” – John Lennon
    then, one fateful day…
    “There is no John Lennon” – G-d.

  • The song is bullsh–. It was written by a woman-beater who lived in a nice apartment in Manhattan.

    • There’s no excuse for beating up a woman. Not even Yoko.