The Catcher in the Rye

The Bible

At the beginning of Chapter 14, Holden ruminates on Jesus and the disciples. What does he think of both? His stance on Judas? Is this a microcosm of any kind? How would this have been recieved in the 1940s?

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One of my favorite passages thus far, Holden makes a statement that would have earned him excommunication at the time.

I didn't expect Holden, being as about as unchurchly as possible, to really care about the bible. Taking that further, Holden feels that Judas went to heaven, regardless of betraying Jesus and killing himself. This idea is a bit more accepted now, but back in the 40's believing in forgivness was blasphemy!