Dr. SimonMary Asese Aihiokhai was born in Nigeria. He received his undergraduate
education in philosophy at the Spiritan School of Philosophy, Nigeria (1997). He began
his initial studies in theology at the Spiritan International School of Theology before
migrating to the United States to continue it at Saint John Seminary, Camarillo,
California, where he earned a graduate degree in theology with a focus in medical ethics
(2007). He obtained his Ph.D. in systematic theology from Duquesne University (2013).
Dr. Aihiokhai is currently an associate professor of systematic theology at the University
The disruptive presence of Nehemiah in spaces that are intended to erase his identity allows for a broader understanding of God’s word. While religious laws may sometimes be exclusionary in their nature, a higher law, one that is grounded in one’s fidelity to God through the way one lives one’s life, allows for radical inclusivity of all before God.