Show/hide main menu

Visiting researchers

Dr Robin Orton

Orton140Visiting Research Fellow in Theology


Address Department of Theology & Religious Studies
Virginia Woolf Building
King’s College London
22 Kingsway



I was born in Leicester.  My first degree, from Magdalen College, Oxford, was in Greek and Latin languages and literature, philosophy and ancient history.  I was a civil servant for thirty years, mostly in the London headquarters of the Departments of Health and Social Security. On retirement I gained a postgraduate diploma in theology and an MTh in patristics from Heythrop College, University of London.  In 2009 I was awarded a London University of London PhD from King’s College.  My thesis was entitled Garments of Light, Tunics of Skin and the Body of Christ: St Gregory of Nyssa’s Theology of the Body.

Research interests
  • St Gregory of Nyssa
  • Apolinarius of Laodicea
  • Fourth century Christology, theological anthropology and philosophical theology.

I am currently working on an English translation, with introduction and notes, of Gregory of Nyssa’s treatise on the six days of creation (in hexaemeron).


Selected publications
  • ‘Reassembly, purification or restoration: the resurrection of the body in St Gregory of Nyssa’, Studia Patristica, LII, Leuven 2012, 185-195.
  •  ‘“Physical” soteriology in Gregory of Nyssa: A response to Reinhard M. Hübner’, Studia Patristica, LXVII, Leuven 2013, 69-75.
  • ‘“A very bad book”? Another look at St Gregory of Nyssa’s Answer to Apolinarius’, Studia Patristica, LXII, Leuven 2014, 171-89.
  • St Gregory of Nyssa, Anti-Apollinarian Writings, translated with an introduction, commentary and notes, The Fathers of the Church vol. 131 (Washington DC, 2015).
  • Review of Johan Leemans and Matthieu Cassin (ed.), Gregory of Nyssa Contra Eunomium III, An English Translation with Commentary and Supporting Studies, Proceeding of the 12th International Colloquium on Gregory of Nyssa (Leuven, 14-17 September 2010), Supplements to Vigiliae Christianae vol. 124 (Leiden, 2014). Journal of Theological Studies, 2016.
Sitemap Site help Terms and conditions  Privacy policy  Accessibility  Modern slavery statement  Contact us

© 2018 King's College London | Strand | London WC2R 2LS | England | United Kingdom | Tel +44 (0)20 7836 5454