Dr. Philip L. Reynolds retired from Candler in 2021. During his tenure at Emory, he was a faculty member at the Laney Graduate School, and 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.
Reynolds’s research interests lie in Western Christian thought A.D. 400-1400, with a particular focus on scholastic theology and philosophy during the central Middle Ages, especially Bonaventure and Thomas Aquinas; on the theology and canon law of marriage; and on monastic, vernacular, and apophatic theologies. He is the sole author of three books, including How Marriage Became One of the Sacraments (Cambridge University Press, 2016).
Highly involved in the life of the academy, Reynolds has held numerous committee positions at Candler and Emory, and regularly convened and spoke 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.