A virtual window

Welcome to my website and blog. I, Scott Thomas Prather (STP for short), am an academic, writer and lover of all good things. Especially good food, music and books.

After finishing my doctoral work in theology and ethics, I created this blog as a virtual outpost for my own informal commentary on questions about which I care deeply and events that haunt me. My “research interests” expand to pretty much anything or anyone that offers the chance for philosophically scrutinizing or theologically elucidating pressing social issues and the ethical questions those issues raise. My academic training has centered in the fields of ethics and Christian theology, so much of what I say here will inevitably reflect that background. Yet I’m only interested in theological (or philosophical) analysis to the extent that it has something to say about the forms of life, death, and moral dis/order we, alongside our neighbors near and far, live with today. So you’ll find here more of a focus on the meaning of contemporary social life and the politics that shape it than any specifically “religious” concern.

I’m also a writer. Four Winds is a portal to finding and discussing my academic writing (books, articles and reviews), whether published or in progress. Yet like every true academic, I also have ideals of having a public voice beyond the texts I write for other academics in my provincially narrow “scholarly discipline(s)”. I write poetry, and have plans for a few short fictional pieces. More importantly, I read. This site is, therefore, also a space for me to publicly air my various attempts at literary maturation, and to propagandize for others’ writing when I want to.

Finally, as this site functions just as much as a personal website/forum-for-self-promotion as it does a “blog,” I reserve the right to post or not-post about anything I please. (Which really means, expect some music/film reviews, too.) As to the role of everyone not-me here, I certainly hope you’ll “comment” when you have something to say about what I say — whether that’s dis/agreement, enlightening me, asking questions, whatever. I do hope this becomes a forum for mutually informative discussion, but I’m not going to (try to) force it. I will refrain from developing a formal “comment policy” (until it proves necessary), but just know that — while I certainly welcome any and all spirited discussion, and even argument, on this blog — I also reserve the right to delete any comments I find hopelessly irrelevant or just plain annoying.

I can be reached at stprather@gmail.com. For a list of my academic credentials/work, see my CV.