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I felt like praying or something… but I couldn't do it. I can't always pray when I feel like it…. I'm sort of an atheist. I like Jesus and all, but I don't care too much for most of the other stuff in the Bible... if you want to know the truth, the guy I like best in the Bible, next to Jesus, was the lunatic that lived in the tomb...

Why does Holden say he is an atheist yet continue to allude to his belief in God?


Holden continues to contradict himself throughout the novel because he is unsure of his own beliefs.


Holden is not willing to throw away what little faith he has because it may come to benefit him in the future.


Holden is holding on to the last bit of faith he has because it’s the one thing in his life that is unchanging and predictable; it is the one thing on which Holden will, in the future, be able to depend and by which he will feel comforted.


Holden feels as though believing in Jesus is an unpopular thing to do; he is unwilling to risk being let down by something that is not real and worthy of his devotion.


Holden enjoys reading the Bible, and although he considers himself to be an atheist, he also feels like he knows an impressive amount about religion.

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