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, Spring 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, including Situations: Cultural Studies in the Asian Context, peer-reviewed journal of Yonsei University, Seoul, Korea; and The Bible in Motion: A Handbook of the Bible and its Reception by Verlag Walter de Gruyter, Berlin, Germany.


He has given lectures and presentations in Mexico, Kenya, Vietnam, Singapore, Malaysia, the Philippines, Austria, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, and a number of venues within the United States. He was the featured keynote lecturer for the 2018 Association for Southeast Asian Cinemas (ASEAC) biennial conference in Yogyakarta, Indonesia; and for Paradojas de lo liminal: Cine y teología, 2018 Film and Theology Colloquium of Universidad Iberoamericana, Mexico City. 


A contributing columnist for arts and culture for National Catholic Reporter, Sison’s reviews of global cinema have earned recognition from the Catholic Press Awards of the United States and Canada.


Antonio or “Brother Ton” is a professed Brother of the Society of the Precious Blood (CPPS).





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)