Dr. A. van der Knijff

Dr. A. van der Knijff

Associate researcher in the Practical Theology Research Programme

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Short CV

Arie van der Knijff was born on 14 November 1963 in Waddinxveen. He took the state exam vwo in 1984. In June 1985 he obtained his propaedeutic law degree at the University of Leiden. November, 1985 he switched to the study of Theology at the same university. There he completed his doctoral exam in 1991. Meanwhile, in March 1990, he started teaching religion in a Reformed Secondary School. In 2003, as a result of, among other things,  Asperger syndrome and repeated serious burn-outs, he became completely incapacitated for work.

Arie married Jannie Schouten on 26 March 1987. Together they had three daughters, three sons and three daughters-in-law. Meanwhile he is the grandfather of seven grandchildren.

On the advice of his social worker, he started PhD research. This resulted in a PhD at the Protestant Theological University of Groningen in 2019.

Early 2020 he became an associate researcher at the Theological University of Apeldoorn. His current research mainly concerns the religious experience as it can be found in the series of sermons Uit de Levensbron.


  • Bevindelijk preken. Een empirisch-homiletisch onderzoek naar bevinding in de prediking binnen de Gereformeerde Gemeenten (Apeldoorn 2019) (thesis)