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Rami Elias

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Father Rami Elias (Arabic: رامي الياس) is a Syrian Jesuit priest specialized in the field of psychoanalysis.

Father
Rami Elias
Native nameالأب رامي الياس اليسوعي
Born1953
Lattakia, Syria
🏳️ NationalitySyrian Arab
🏫 EducationPhilosophy, Theology and Psychoanalysis
🎓 Alma materMaster of Philosophy from Centre Sèvres
💼 Occupation
Priest & Psychotherapist
🏢 OrganizationJesuit Order
TelevisionLive with Father Rami Elias
🌐 WebsiteAlKalimeh

Professional Life[edit]

Father Rami Elias studied Philosophy, Theology and Psychoanalysis in France, and taught these subjects for 10 years at Centre Sèvres in Paris. He has been practicing Psychotherapy in Syria since 1985.

During the course of his career as a clergyman, he has held numerous posts and responsibilities. He was appointed in charge of Jesuit scholars in the Middle East region, and teaches and lectures priests and nuns in Syria and Lebanon. Elias is also responsible for the Catholic Christian Education Committee, and supervises the Catholic Church educational centres in Greater Damascus. He participated in the founding of the ‘Christian Theological Institute for Laity’ and launched with some lay people the ‘Joint Orientation’ project aiming to provide proper preparation to Church leaders in Damascus. He also participated in the preparation of the official Christian education curriculum in Syria. Father Rami Elias also supervised the preparation and actualization of the ‘Syrian Christian Youth’ encounter with Pope John Paul II during his visit to Syria in May 2001[1].

He is a member of the Catholic Synod in Syria founded by both clergy and lay people, and aiming to reconsider the Church doctrine and its religious discourse, in coordination with the Episcopal Council and the Eastern Catholic Synod in Rome.

At the beginning of the Syrian crisis in 2011, he participated in the organization of weekly psychodrama sessions in Damascus. The aim was the creation of an open space for people from different tendencies, where they could talk about their anxieties[2]. However, these sessions were terminated after the arrest of one of the organizers, which resulted in people being afraid and refraining of participating[3][4].

Philosophy[edit]

Father Rami Elias has a modern rational outlook to Christian religious scriptures and an openness to this era. He does not shy away from tackling controversial social issues. He stresses the idea that true Christian thought recognizes the importance and role of Reason with respect to Faith, as Reason protects Faith from falling into naivety, while Faith protects Reason from falling into dictatorship. He sees that no one has the right to impose Faith given that this would make a mockery of both Faith in God and human beings[5][6].

He also believes that the hard-line religious stance has contributed to the birth of Atheism, which in its turn helped Christianity and the rest of religions choose its precepts and push it towards a solid ideology built upon Logic and Reason, making it capable of answering some of the questions people wonder about[7].

Elias sees that countries espousing secularism did not really apply its principles, but have subjugated religion to the State, in order to unify a national identity. He believes that the State in turn started to assume a sacred status, replacing the Church, and began revering worldly values which may someday transform into a new religion[8].

He also considers human beings to be creatures longing for desire and not for need. He thinks that it is possible to fulfill need in a definite way, however it is not possible to wholly satisfy desire as it is a longing for the other in itself, and humans can never be satisfied of the other due to the fact that without it life itself has no meaning. In his opinion, the impossibility of satisfying desire of the other in a complete way is the shortfall that distinguishes human beings and makes them live in a continuous dynamism[9].

In his view, humans are still being built and created and have not become human in the whole sense of the word. He sees that our knowledge about humans is very limited, given that their truth runs very deep and has not emerged up to now. He believes that in their journey, humans strive as much as possible to reach total humanity[10].

Father Rami Elias sees that the ideas of the Holy Bible are far removed from the predominant Christian belief that the body is the origin of sin: the body is not an external factor that the spirit can substitute, rather a crucial part of the human identity for human beings to be present in the world. At the same time, he believes it is a way for the spirit to discover itself, even though the body may be old, disabled, or sick[11].

He does not see that the reason behind homosexuality or sexual orientation is biological, and does not think that sexual orientation is a matter of choice. Instead, it is a tendency discovered by people when sexual interest is born[12]. Through psychoanalytical sessions, he has managed to help many homosexuals live out their sexual preferences without feeling guilty or degrading their worth or status.

Publications[edit]

Title Cover
Book: Who is God?

Original Title: من هو الله؟

Language: Arabic

Category: Religion

Publisher: Dar Al-Mashreq دار المشرق

2006

ISBN-13: 9782721452054

Who is God?
Book: Go to the land I am showing you

Original Title: انطلق نحو الأرض التي أريك

Language: Arabic

Category: Religion

Publisher: Petites Soeurs de Jesus أخوات يسوع الصغيرات

2004

ISBN-13: 1000000146547

Go to the land I am showing you
Book co-authored with Nader Michel : Dad gave me everything – Reflections on fathers and children

Original Title: أبي أعطاني كل شيء - تأمل في الأبوة والبنوة

Language: Arabic

Publisher: Dar Al-Mashreq دار المشرق

2012

ISBN-13: 9782721454195

Dad gave me everything
Book co-authored with several writers: Cloning - between Science, Philosophy and Religion

Original Title: الاستنساخ بين العلم والفلسفة والدين

Language: Arabic

Category: Ethics

External Links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. "Alkalimeh". Alkalimeh (in العربية). Retrieved 16 April 2021. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  2. "Divisés sur l'avenir de leur pays, les Syriens ont en commun la peur". Le Point International (in français). Retrieved 16 April 2021. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  3. "رفاه ناشد ومعتقلات الخوف". القدس العربي (in العربية). Retrieved 16 April 2021. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  4. "Les gens pensent en blanc et noir". Le Vif international (in français). Retrieved 16 April 2021. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  5. "Atheism: its meanings and motivations الإلحاد، معناه ودوافعه". Live with Father Rami Elias مباشر مع الأب رامي الياس (in العربية). Retrieved 18 December 2020. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  6. "ساعة المجد - الأب رامي الياس اليسوعيّ" (in العربية). 2021-02-18. Archived from the original on 2021-02-18. Retrieved 2021-02-18. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  7. "Atheism: its meanings and motivations الإلحاد، معناه ودوافعه". Live with Father Rami Elias مباشر مع الأب رامي الياس (in العربية). Retrieved 18 December 2020. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  8. "History and Concept of Secularism Today تاريخ ومفهوم العلمانية اليوم". Live with Father Rami Elias مباشر مع الأب رامي الياس (in العربية). Retrieved 19 December 2020. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  9. Michel, N. and Elias, R (2012). My dad gave me everything – Reflections on fathers and children أبي أعطاني كل شيء - تأمل في الأبوة والبنوة (in العربية). Beirut, Lebanon: Dar Al Mashreq - دار المشرق. pp. 93–94. ISBN 9782721454195.CS1 maint: Multiple names: authors list (link) Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png
  10. Michel, N. and Elias, R. (2012). My dad gave me everything – Reflections on fathers and children أبي أعطاني كل شيء - تأمل في الأبوة والبنوة. Beirut, Lebanon: Dar Al Mashreq - دار المشرق. p. 95. ISBN 9782721454195.CS1 maint: Multiple names: authors list (link) Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png
  11. "الجسد بين التمجيد وعدم التقدير". Permanent Centre for Christian Upbringing المركز الدائم للتنشئة المسيحية (in العربية). Retrieved 28 January 2021. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  12. "Homosexuality المثلية الجنسية". Live with Father Rami Elias مباشر مع الأب رامي الياس (in العربية). Retrieved 13 October 2020. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)


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