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A stranger in our house [Un extraño en nuestra casa]
Lluís Duch analyses the current crisis of the Christian churches (European Christianity). His starting thesis is that what is really in crisis is the image of the Christian god. His arguments are not theological in the classic sense, since they do not talk about God, but about the way in which men speak of God. Thus, in the field of his always original anthropology, he sets a series of questions to which conventional theology could not, perhaps, offer a response. The idea of God has become strange to us, since it has not been able to incorporate all the dizzying and disconcerting changes experienced by our world since the second half of the 20th century, and the emergence of radical evil in our collective history since Auschwitz. "The perennial relevance of God – says Duch – demands perennially contemporary images of God". His criticism has even greater force as it is comes from within the Christian Church today, with a discourse that is a source of creativity and renewal, and that can be effective in providing new arguments and responses for the reinvention of the Christian god.
Lluís Duch, an anthropologist, theologian and monk of Montserrat Monastery, is an unusually original and profound freethinker, whose work combines heterodoxy and rigour. The author of Religión y mundo moderno [Religion and the Modern World] (1995), Mito, interpretación y cultura [Myth, Interpretation and Culture] (1998) and Antropología de la vida cotidiana [Anthropology of Daily Life] (1999-2004) – among many other texts making up his singular philosophy of culture –, Duch writes for the media, including the El País and La Vanguardia newspapers, and is considered one of the most important voices in the Spanish-speaking world. In April 2011, he was awarded the Sant Jordi Cross, the highest distinction conferred by the Government of Catalonia.