Aquinas Professor of Historical Theology

Philip Reynolds

Phillip Reynolds


Dr. Philip Reynolds is the Aquinas Professor of Historical Theology. This professorship is endowed by the Aquinas Center of Theology. Philip has a Ph.D. from the University of Toronto, 1986 and a B.A. from the University of Oxford, 1973. He was the director of the Aquinas Center of Theology from 1992-1998. Dr. Reynolds' research is on Western Christian thought A.D. 400-1400.

He is a senior fellow of Emory's Center for the Study of Law and Religion where he directed a project titled, The Pursuit of Happiness.

Lecture Topics

Monasticism, Mysticism, the Pursuit of Happiness, St. Thomas Aquinas, St. Augustine.


In addition to many scholarly articles, Professor Reynolds has published these books:

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).

Food and the Body: Some Peculiar Questions in High Medieval Theology (Brill Academic Publishers 1999).

Marriage in the Western Church the Christianization of Marriage in the Latin West during the Patristic and Early Medieval Periods.(Brill Academic Publishers 1994).


  • Thomas Aquinas’s theology and ethics (at M.Div. and Ph.D. level)

  • "Introduction to Christian History and Thought I" (M.Div.); courses on mystical theology (M.Div.)

  • Doctoral seminars on marriage and sex in the medieval church, and Franciscan theology