< Return to Famous Jewish Catholics
< Return to Famous Scientologists
< Return to Famous Hindus

The Religious Affiliation of Writer
J. D. Salinger
best known as the author of The Catcher in the Rye

Author J. D. Salinger is best known for his novel The Catcher in the Rye.

J. D. Salinger was a Jewish Catholic, but as an adult he was not known to have practiced either of these religions of his family background. As an adult, Salinger adopted various Hindu and Buddhist beliefs and practices. Hindu influences may have been more important, as Salinger is regarded by many as a Hindu, but he is not usually classified as a Buddhist.

Salinger's daughter told the in New York Times (30 August 2000): "... Mr. Salinger pursued Scientology, homeopathy and Christian Science..."

From: Matthew Berke, "Half-Jews: What do Gwyneth Paltrow, J. D. Salinger, and Paula Abdul have in common?", a review of The Half-Jewish Book: A Celebration, written by Daniel Klein and Freke Vuijst, on BeliefNet.com website (http://www.beliefnet.com/story/43/story_4373_1.html; viewed 6 November 2005):

Once upon a time, the half-Jew was regarded as a strange and lonely figure--an outsider both to society at large and to the Jewish people... But as the intermarriage trend has continued, being half-Jewish suddenly seems unremarkably common. Indeed, according to Daniel Klein and Freke Vuijst, authors of The Half-Jewish Book, "halfies" now outnumber full-blooded Jewish children under the age of 11, and they're gaining on the rest.

More important, Klein and Vuijst contend, half-Jewish is not a partial or fragmented identity to be lamented, but rather a "rich and elaborate" double identity to be celebrated. Unfortunately, the authors--a married couple with a half-Jewish daughter-can't decide whether to name-drop glitzy personalities with Jewish origins or to explore their distinct new cultural sensibility. They end up doing a bit of both.

In People magazine mode, Klein and Vuijst provide a catalog of stars who are half-Jewish, including... Not all half-Jews are Hollywood types: the half-Jewish clan includes... writers Dorothy Parker, J. D. Salinger, Mary Gordon, and Marcel Proust...

Relatively few of the halfies considered here live religiously serious Jewish lives... Indeed, many observe no religion, multiple religions, or are practicing Christians, who, despite their feelings of attachment, are simply not part of the Jewish community... few will reconnect with Judaism...

From: "Religious Affiliations of Celebrities" page in "Celebrity Religion" section of "Religion Facts" website (http://www.religionfacts.com/celebrities/religions_of_celebrities.htm; viewed 26 April 2007):

Below is an index of the religious affiliations or belief systems of celebrities (both living and dead; in film, television, music, literature, academics and politics), listed in alphabetical order by last name...

Celebrity: J.D. Salinger

Religion/Belief: Hinduism / eclectic

Quotes, More Information, Sources:
The author of Catcher in the Rye dabbled in Christian Science, Scientology, and Hinduism, but Hinduism seems to have been especially important in his life. - Adherents.com [link to: http://www.adherents.com/people/ps/JD_Salinger.html]

Search Adherents.com

Custom Search
comments powered by Disqus

Webpage created 6 November 2005. Last modified 26 April 2007.
We are always striving to increase the accuracy and usefulness of our website. We are happy to hear from you. Please submit questions, suggestions, comments, corrections, etc. to: webmaster@adherents.com.