Miskotte, Kornelis Heiko

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Miskotte, Kornelis Heiko Gender: M
born on 23 September 1894 at 18:00 (= 6:00 PM )
Place Utrecht, Netherlands, 52n06, 5e07
Timezone LST m4e53 (is standard time)
Data source
BC/BR in hand
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Astrodienst
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_libcol.18.gif 00°40' s_mo.18.gif s_cancol.18.gif 16°42 Asc.s_aricol.18.gif 06°51'

Kornelis Heiko Miskotte (1925)


Dutch Protestant theologian and an influential representative of dialectical theology. His theology helped to free the once Protestant Church from their inhered or by Zeitgeist immersed (by)roots of nationalism, idealism and narrow minded civility. What is basic and for ever lasting was his parole when he wrote his Biblical ABC in 1941.

Miskotte was born to a conservative Reformed Protestant family in the Netherlands. After attending Christian Gymnasium, he studied theology in his home city of Utrecht from 1914 to 1920. Theologically, he came under influence of the ethical theology of Johannes Hermanus Gunning (1858-1940), who taught an artful synthesis of modern culture and biblical revelation. Philosophically, Miskotte was also influenced by the Neo-Kantian B.J.H. Ovink and the dialectical theologist Karl Barth.

Miskotte experienced from childhood a great love for nature (forests, trees) and cherished and knew the romantic tendency to go for and into the Only One. But as a student of theology, he began to mistrust these romantic feelings as pagan. Feeling good and protected was not the same as thus automatically being on the right way. Oceanic feelings could be deceptive.

Under the influence of the inspiring female socialistic poet Henriëtte Roland Holst, he became a socialist. The theologian in him got inspiration from the male prophets of the Old Testament yearning for Justice for All to serve G'd. But Henriëtte Roland Holst (and his mystical wife Kor) drew him also back to his roots in nature and mysticism.

From those diverse inner and outer sources he could fight against the doctrine of fate and for a Messianic world (a state of personal salvation). In his writings, he frequently drew on socialism and the Old Testament to argue against the concepts of fate and nihilism.

After the war the family was invited for a wedding. The feast in Hotel American turned out a tragedy as the food was poisoned with Salmonella. His wife and daughter died of Typhoid fever. His son Hermannus Heiko Miskotte (17 December 1932) survived and became a professor of theology like his father.

Miskotte lived in Voorst until his death in 1976. In 1964, he received an honorary doctorate from the University of Glasgow. He left behind an enormous archive of diaries, letters, sermons, and opinion pieces; his archive is located at the University of Leiden.

In 2012, the Miskotte/Breukelman chair for theological hermeneutics of the Bible was established at the Protestant Theological University in order to encourage and maintain the study of Miskotte's theology. Currently, the chair is occupied by Dr. R.H. Reeling Brouwer.

Link to German Wikipedia


  • associate relationship with Dèr Mouw, Johan Andreas (born 24 July 1863). Notes: Miskotte, K.H. , ‘Adwaita’s “Brahman”, in: Grensgebied (Nijkerk [1954]) 52 - 92 .
  • (has as) other hierarchical relationship with Roland Holst, Henriette (born 24 December 1869). Notes: became socialist under her inspiring influence.


  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released August 1920 (Lecture in Barchem about Adwaita (J.A. dèr Mouw))
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  • Work : Begin Major Project 22 May 1921 in Kortgene (Reformed pastor)
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  • Relationship : Meet a significant person 1 February 1923 (Reads Römerbrief of Karl Barth who became his teacher)
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  • Relationship : Marriage 10 September 1923 (Cornelia Johanna Cladder, born 1897)
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  • Family : Adopted a child 18 June 1924 in Kortgene (Titia Miskotte)
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  • Work : New Job 5 April 1925 in Meppel (Post in Meppel)
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  • Family : Adopted a child 26 July 1925 in Meppel (Alma Gerda Miskotte)
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  • Family : Adopted a child 6 June 1927 in Meppel (Eleonora Miskotte, d 22 April 2011 A'dam)
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  • Family : Adopted a child 1930 (Heika Miskotte)
  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 16 March 1930 in Hilversum (As radio theologian: Geloof bij de gratie Gods)
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  • Work : New Job 9 November 1930 in Haarlem (Post in Haarlem)
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  • Death of Sibling 30 March 1932 (Mies Miskotte, age 36)
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  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 17 December 1932 in Groningen (Dissertation: Het wezen der joodse religie)
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  • Family : Adopted a child 17 December 1932 (Hermannus Heiko Miskotte)
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  • Social : Begin Travel 31 May 1937 (To the Dutch Indies via Basel to visit Barth)
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  • Social : Return Home 2 October 1937 (Via Palestine to Amsterdam)
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  • Work : Fired/Laid off/Quit 15 September 1938 in Haarlem (Last sermon in Haarlem (went to Amsterdam))
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  • Work : New Job 25 September 1938 in Amsterdam (Post in Amsterdam)
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  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 1939 (Het gewone leven. In de spiegel van het boek Ruth)
  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 1939 (Edda en Thora. Een vergelijking van germaanse en israëlitische religie)
  • Death of Father 16 January 1940 in Utrecht (Hermannnus Miskotte)
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  • Death of Significant person 20 June 1940 (Professor of theology Gunning, Johannes Hermanus born 23 januari 1858 at Hilversum)
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  • Social : Joined group June 1945 (became SDAP member with Buskes and others)
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  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 6 October 1945 (1st # of In de Waagschaal)
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  • Work : New Career 26 October 1945 in Leiden (professor of dogmatics: De praktische zin van de eenvoud Gods)
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  • Health : Acute illness 18 September 1946 in Amsterdam (Family contracted Typhoid fever during a wedding, Miskotte did not eat the contaminated herring)
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  • Death of Child 15 October 1946 at 5:00 PM in Leiden (Alma, born 1925 from Typhoid fever)
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  • Death of Mate 18 October 1946 in Leiden (Cornelia Johanna Cladder died of Typhoid fever)
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  • Relationship : Marriage 13 November 1953 (Janneke van Empel-van Tienbroek)
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  • Other Family 11 November 1954 in Rotterdam (Son HH Miskotte engaged Inny C. Schroot)
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  • Work : Retired 14 December 1959 in Leiden (Last lecture: De moderne dogmaticus als dilettant en dirigent)
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  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 1963 (Wenn die Götter schweigen)
  • Work : Prize 18 June 1964 in Glasgow (Doctor Honoris Causa in Glasgow)
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Source Notes

Svi retrieved BC from online municipal archive of Utrecht.

Herman de Liagre Böhl: Theoloog in de branding, 1894-1976.

K.H. Miskotte in DBNL


  • Traits : Mind : Education extensive
  • Traits : Personality : Emotional
  • Vocation : Education : Teacher (Dutch Protestant theologian, church professor of hermeneutics of sacred texts)
  • Vocation : Religion : Ecclesiastics/ western
  • Vocation : Writers : Autobiographer (Miskotte, K.H. Uit de dagboeken. 1917 - 1930. E. Kuiper - Miskotte en H.H. Miskotte)