Billy Graham Center

Papers of Philip Ross Foxwell - Collection 442

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Table of Contents

Brief Description of This Collection

Title Page and Restrictions

Biography of Philip Ross Foxwell

An Essay on the Contents of the Collection (Scope and Content)

List of Audio Tapes in This Collection (Location Records)

List of the Contents of Boxes of Paper Records in This Collection (Container List)

Brief Description.
Oral history interview with Foxwell by Paul Ericksen in which Foxwell describes his youth, conversion, magician career, education at Wheaton College, decision to become a missionary, preparation and orientation for missionary work in Japan with the Independent Board for Presbyterian Foreign Missions and later the World Presbyterian Missions, the Japanese church, theological training, Christianity in Japan and its relationship to culture, Japan during and following the post-World War II American occupation, the Billy Graham 1967 Tokyo Crusade, the role of women in Japan and women missionaries' role in that context, his father-in-law, J. Oliver Buswell and Tokyo Christian Theological Seminary which he founded. Includes minimal paper documents on Foxwell and Tokyo Christian University. For further information, please see guide. Vol: 3 Reels of Audio Tape, 1 Folder

Collection 442
[May 10, 2017]
Foxwell, Philip Ross; 1914-2013
Papers; 1990-1991, n.d.
1 Folder (.1 cubic foot), 3 Reels of Audio Tape

Restrictions: None.


Full name: Philip Ross Foxwell

Birth date: October 28, 1914

Birth place: Madison, Wisconsin

Death Date: September 29, 2013 in California

Parents: Daniel D. and Hazel Pennewell Foxwell
Siblings: Philip the oldest of two children
Marital status: Married to Jane Alice Buswell, 1945 (daughter of J. Oliver Buswell, president of Wheaton College)
Children: Mary, Martha, Linda, Philip Jr.

Conversion: Ca. 1933

Denominational affiliation: Baptist, Wheaton Bible Church, Presbyterian

1932 Graduated from high school
1942 BA, Wheaton College, major in Bible
1944 MA, Wheaton College Graduate School
1946 BD, Northern Baptist Seminary
1947 TSM (Master of Sacred Theology), Faith Theological Seminary

1932 Professional magician
1948 Seminary teacher, Yokkaichi City, Honshu, Japan
1963 Seminary teacher, Tokyo, Japan
1972 Affiliated with World Presbyterian Missions (WPM); Japan Christian Mission
1980 Returned from Japan
1981 U.S. Center for World Mission, Mobilization Dept.

Other responsibilities:
Foxwell lectureship established at Tokyo Christian Seminary
Chairman of Japan field for WPM
Founder and president of Tokyo Christian Theological Seminary (Japan Christian Theological Seminary
Oversaw merger between Tokyo Christian College and Kyoritsu Women's Bible School
President of Japan Bible Council

Philip Foxwell: Missionary Magician. William Carey Library, 1989 (autobiography)

Scope and Content

This collection contains one folder which includes a brochure on Tokyo Christian University, a newsletter from Tokyo Christian Institute, and an excerpt from Philip Foxwell's memoirs (folder 1), as well as the interview described below.

Philip Ross Foxwell was interviewed by Paul A. Ericksen on May 17, 1991. The events described in the interview cover the time period c. 1920 to 1991.

T1 (45 minutes). Listen to audio recording or read the transcript. Religious environment in his childhood home; conversion; Calvary Baptist Church of South Bend, Indiana, Rev. Daniel Duncan; summers at Moody Bible Institute; student days at Wheaton College; influential professors and friends: Merrill Tenney, Henry Thiessen, Norman Lewis, Ken Hansen, Donald Hoke, father-in-law J. Oliver Buswell; influence of missionary James R. Graham on his decision to become a missionary

T2 (65 minutes). Listen to audio recording or read the transcript.Work on MA at Wheaton and BD at Northern Baptist Seminary simultaneously; influence of Carl Henry and Harold Lindsell as teachers and friends; switch from Baptist to Presbyterian because wife was approved to go out under the Independent Board of Presbyterian Foreign Missions; MSTh from Faith Seminary; summer spent at Wycliffe Summer Institute of Linguistics; wife Jane Alice Buswell; environment in Japan right after World War II; became equal partners with Japanese after about twenty years; establishment of seminary in Tokyo

T3 (49 minutes). Listen to audio recording or read the transcript.Development of the Japanese Evangelical church, especially after World War II; reasons for slow church growth in Japan as opposed to the rapid growth in Korea; "becoming a Christian in Japan was like pulling a tooth from a live tiger"; publication of Bibles and other Christian literature in Japanese; view of American visits to shrines as acceptance of Japanese religion, Shintoism; American misperceptions about Japan; differences between American and Japanese Christians; role of women in Japan; reception of Billy Graham; General Douglas MacArthur; opportunities to present gospel as teacher of English in universities; use of magic as opening to tell about Christianity; thankful appreciation for Wheaton, which gave him two degrees and a college president's daughter



The materials in this collection were given to the Graham Center Archives by Philip Foxwell in May 1991.

Accession 91-51
June 30, 1997
Janyce H. Nasgowitz

Accession 91-51
Type of Material: Audio Tapes

The following items are filed in the AUDIO TAPE FILE:

T1 - Reel-to-reel, 3-3/4 ips, one side only, 45 minutes. Interview of Philip Ross Foxwell by Paul A. Ericksen on May 17, 1991, at the office of the Archives of the Billy Graham Center. Listen or read transcript.

T2 - Reel-to-reel, 3-3/4 ips, one side only, 65 minutes. Continuation of interview of Philip Ross Foxwell by Paul A. Ericksen on May 17, 1991, at the office of the Archives of the Billy Graham Center. Listen or read transcript.

T3 - Reel-to-reel, 3-3/4 ips, one side only, approx. 45 minutes. Continuation of interview of Philip Ross Foxwell by Paul A. Ericksen on May 17, 1991, at the office of the Archives of the Billy Graham Center.Listen or read transcript.

Box Folder Item
1 1 Miscellaneous items from Philip Foxwell; 1990-1991, n.d.

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