Antonio D. Sison, CPPS

Professor of Systematic Theology

Vatican Council II Chair of Theology

Chair, Department of Historical and Doctrinal Studies



MA, Maryhill School of Theology, Phillippines

PhD, Catholic University of Nijmegen, Netherlands

Antonio D. Sison, CPPS, is committed to contextual, intercultural, and aesthetic approaches to
doing systematic theology. 
His latest book is The Art of Indigenous Inculturation: Grace on the Edge of Genius (Orbis
Books, 2021), a cutting-edge exploration of the phenomenon of religious inculturation through
the “aesthetics of liberation,” with case studies from Asian, African, and Latin American
postcolonial contexts. He is also the author of the books The Sacred Foodways of
Film (Pickwick, 2016), World Cinema, Theology and the Human (Routledge, 2012), Screening
Schillebeeckx: Theology and Third Cinema in Dialogue (Palgrave Macmillan, 2006); and a
contributing author to a number of books and journals.
He has given lectures and presentations in Mexico, Kenya, Japan, Indonesia, Vietnam,
Singapore, the Philippines, Austria, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, and a number of
venues across the United States. From April to June 2022, he was a visiting scholar at Nanzan
University’s Institute of Religion and Culture in Nagoya, Japan; his on-site research focused on
inculturation in the context of Nagasaki’s “Hidden Christians” who survived the great
persecution of the Tokugawa period (1630-1867). He was the featured keynote lecturer for the
2018 Association for Southeast Asian Cinemas (ASEAC) international conference in
Yogyakarta, Indonesia; and for Paradojas de lo liminal: Cine y teología, 2018 Film and
Theology Colloquium of Universidad Iberoamericana, Mexico City. 
Antonio or “Br. Ton” is a religious Brother of the Society of the Precious Blood (CPPS).


The Art of Indigenous Inculturation: Grace on the Edge of Genius (Orbis Books, 2021)
The Sacred Foodways of Film: Theological Servings in 11 Food Films (Pickwick/Wipf and Stock, 2016)
World Cinema, Theology, and the Human: Humanity in Deep Focus (Routledge, 2012)
Screening Schilllebeeckx: Theology and Third Cinema in Dialogue (Palgrave Macmillan, 2006)
“Liberative Visions: Biblical Reception in Third Cinema” in The Bible in Motion: A Handbook of the Bible and its Reception  (Verlag Walter de Gruyter, 2016)
“Perichoresis of the Crucified Peoples: Spirituality in Third Cinema” in Plural Spiritualities: North American Experiences (Council for Research and Values in Philosophy, 2015)
“Postcolonial Religious Syncretism: Focus on the Philippines, Peru and Mexico” in The Routledge Companion to Religion and Film (Routledge, 2009)
“Cuba: Tomas Gutierrez Alea’s The Last Supper” in The Religion and Film Reader (Routledge, 2007)

“Afflictive Apparitions: The Folk Catholic Imaginary in Philippine Cinema” in Material Religion (06 April 2016)


“Reign-Focus: Theology, Film, and the Aesthetics of Liberation” in New Theology Review (vol. 24, no. 3, 2011)


“The Prophetic Liberating Schillebeeckx: Re-claiming a Western Voice for the Third World” in New Theology Review (vol. 22, no.4, 2009)