Philip Lyndon Reynolds

C.H. Candler Professor of Medieval Christianity; Aquinas Professor of Historical Theology
Philip Lyndon Reynolds
Phone: 404.727.0813
    • PhD, University of Toronto, 1986
    • BA, University of Oxford, 1973

    Dr. Philip L. Reynolds serves as the Aquinas Professor of Historical Theology at Candler. A faculty member at the Laney Graduate School, he is also a senior fellow at the Center for the Study of Law and Religion at Emory, where he directed the center's project entitled "The Pursuit of Happiness" from 2005-2010. From 1992 to 1998, Reynolds directed the Aquinas Center of Theology at Emory. Before arriving at Candler in 1992, he taught at the University of Bristol in England as Downside Fellow. He was appointed a Henry Luce III Fellow in Theology in 2013.

    Reynolds's research interests lie in Western Christian thought A.D. 400-1400, with a particular focus on scholastic theology and philosophy during the high Middle Ages, especially Bonaventure and Thomas Aquinas, on contemplative and mystical theology, and on the theology and canon law of marriage. He is the sole author of three books, including How Marriage Became One of the Sacraments (2016). He is currently writing a book on contemplative and mystical theology.

    Highly involved in the life of the academy, Reynolds has held numerous committee positions at Candler and Emory, and regularly convenes and speaks at academic conferences held at Emory. He is a member of the Société Internationale pour l’Étude de la Philosophie Médiévale and the Medieval Academy of America.

    Selected publications

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    How Marriage Became One of the Sacraments: The Sacramental Theology of Marriage from Its Medieval Origins to the Council of Trent. Cambridge University Press,2016

    "Medieval Period" and "Marriage" in Oxford Encyclopedia of the Bible and Law. Oxford University Press,2015

    "Marriage," "De bono coniugali," "De bono viduitatis," and "De adulterinis coniugiis" in The Oxford Guide to the Historical Reception of Augustine. Oxford University Press,2013

    "When Medieval Theologians Talked About Marriage, What Were They Really Talking About?" in Law and Marriage in Medieval and Early Modern Times: Proceedings of the Eighth Carlsberg Academy Conference on Medieval Legal History 2011. Copenhagen,2012

    "The Origins of Theories about Marital Consent and Consummation," in Regional Variations in Matrimonial Law and Custom in Europe, 1150-1600. Brill,2011

    "The Biblical Dimensions of the Pursuit of Happiness," in. Huffington Post,2010

    "Thomas Aquinas and the Paradigms of Childhood," in The Vocation of the Child. Wm. B. Eerdmans,2008

    Co-editor,To Have and to Hold: Marrying and its Documentation in Western Christendom. Cambridge University Press,2007

    Food and the Body: Some Peculiar Questions in High Medieval Theology. Brill,1999

    Marriage in the Western Church: the Christianization of Marriage in the Latin West during the Patristic and Early Medieval Periods. Brill,1994

    Selected Awards

    Henry Luce III Fellow in Theology, 2013-2014.

    Fellow, Fox Center for Humanistic Inquiry, Emory University, 2013-2014.

    Senior Fellow, Center for the Study of Law and Religion, Emory University, 2001-present.

    Selected courses

    Ethics of Aquinas

    History of Canon Law

    Medieval Christian Thought

    Monastic Theology

    Mystical Theology

    Theology of Aquinas