Salinger on Judas

18 April 2006

“I re­mem­ber I asked old Childs if he thought Judas, the one that be­trayed Jesus and all, went to Hell after he com­mit­ted suicide. Childs said certainly. That’s exactly where I dis­agreed with him. I said I’d bet a thou­sand bucks that Jesus never sent old Judas to Hell. I still would, too, if I had a thou­sand bucks. I think any one of the Dis­ci­ples would’ve sent him to Hell and all—and fast, too—but I’ll bet any­thing Jesus didn’t do it.” J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye

(Remembered after reading Hitchens on Judas.)