Born: July 16, 1899, Toronto, Canada.
Died: November 1, 1987, Toronto, Canada.
Buried: MacPherson Cemetery, Georgeville, Québec, Canada.
Scott was a graduate of Knox College at the University of Toronto (PhD).
Ordained a United Church of Canada minister in 1926, he served in Long Branch, Ontario.
He went on to teach at Union College (now the Vancouver School of Theology), Vancouver, British Columbia; the United Theological College, McGill University, Montreal (where he was the first dean of the Faculty of Divinity/Religious Studies); and Princeton Theological Seminary, New Jersey (chair of the religion department and Danforth Professor of Religion).
He also served as president of the Fellowship for a Christian Social Order, and was a Royal Canadian Air Force chaplain in World War II.