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Kerklike tradisie en kultuur as bydraende faktore in die diens aan die Koninkryk – die lewe en werk van dominee Kálmán Papp II (geb. 1924)

Kálmán D. Papp
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 69, No 1 | a1339 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v69i1.1339 | © 2013 Kálmán D. Papp | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 03 October 2012 | Published: 22 May 2013

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Kálmán D. Papp, Department of Dogmatics and Christian Ethics, University of Pretoria, South Africa


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Abstract

Church tradition and culture as contributory factors in service to the Kingdom. This study describes how reverend Kálmán Papp (1924– ) was able to leave his land of origin behind under difficult, unasked-for and compelling circumstances and embrace a new future in a far-off and unknown country. This follows from his spontaneous responding and acting positively to the effects of cultural interaction and the common denominational factor of the Reformed Church ever present. The study argues in its methodology that it is an oversimplification and a mistake to seek truth by avoiding, underestimating or eliminating the necessary outcome of cultural interaction and church tradition in the choices we make (even theologically) and experiences we have of life. This is the true life story of a church minister who finds his destiny and becomes himself a minister in the service of God’s Kingdom, through faith’s challenges and encounters with the theologies and cultures of his embracing worlds.

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Kálmán Papp; Reformed Church; Hungary; Nederduitsch Hervormde Kerk van Afrika; Krugersdorp; Progenitor

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