Scott is a Frederictonian and attended UNB as an undergraduate in the 1980's. He completed two master's degrees at Acadia University and a PhD at McMaster University in Religious Studies, in the area of Western religious thought. He has also lived, during periods of research, in Victoria where he worked at the University of Victoria's Centre for the Study of Religion and Society, and in Vancouver where he was at Regent College.
His research interests are at the nexus where philosophical and doctrinal theologies intersect with ethics. His specific interests and recent publications have been with Augustine and environmental ethics. Currently he is writing about Augustine's Trinitarian explanation of prayer. He is also beginning to explore how our conceptions of life and death affect our social ethics, and the difficulty of defining life and death in a religious context (while remaining specifically sound).