I don’t know why, but it seems that “About” pages are always written in the third-person. Perhaps it’s an attempt to make it seem like it was written by some disinterested, objective party that’s not going to say anything inaccurate about the person whose website you’re visiting. Or maybe it’s because “About” pages typically make the person sound really, really good — embellishment comes to mind — and it’s in poor taste to talk about oneself in such flattering terms.
Anyway, this is my about page, written in the first person.
My name is Roger Prather (hence the url). I’m a dad and husband. I’ve been employed in the field of law enforcement and criminal justice most of my adult life. I’m a Christian and active in my local church. I like to think about things. I like to read. I like thinking and reading in the areas of theology, public policy, and law (hence the title of this blog). I’ve also been writing most of my life, and I participate in local, library-sponsored writing groups.
I hold an A.S. degree in general studies from Southern Adventist University. I hold a B.S. in Paralegal Studies from the College for Professional Studies (formerly a division of Kaplan University. I now order my transcripts from Purdue). And I am currently enrolled at Liberty University working towards a M.A. in Christian Apologetics. My future goals include earning a Ph.D. in either public policy or criminal justice (I’m not sure which one yet. It’ll probably depend a lot on what books I read between now and the end of my master’s program). Ultimately, I’d like to work in higher education, teaching in these areas after I retire from my law enforcement career.
One might ask the question, “Why get a master’s degree in a religious topic if your long-term plan is to be a scholar in the area of public policy and justice?” That’s a good question. And it has some (I think) good answers.
- People never get tired of asking the question, “How should religious belief influence or interact with public policy?” People also never get tired of formulating answers to that question.
- Religious people in general, and Christians in particular, should be concerned with questions like, “How do or should my theological commitments influence my thought and behavior as a citizen, community member, and voter?” and, “What is the role of the church (synagogue, mosque, temple) in a secular republic, my state, my town, my school district?”
- Christian apologetics contemplates and attempts to answer some of the same philosophical problems that public policy and the law contemplate and attempt to answer. Thus, as a Christian, studying apologetics helps me to refine my thinking as I work towards research in those fields.
- I like studying philosophy and religion, so that’s what I’m studying for a master’s program.
I could come up with a lot of other answers, but those suffice. You get the drift.
In this blog, I hope to write regularly as my studies and reading drive me to think about different issues. I’d love to say I’ll post on certain days regularly, but life’s way too unpredictable right now and I hate not keeping promises.