In response to Porter's article, "Theology as Queen and Psychology as Handmaid," three criteria are offered for theology as science. A scientific theology must be open to new discovery, it requires a community, and it is available for practical application. In addition to the benefits offered by Porter, viewing theology as science can promote practical helping efforts within the church.
McMinn, Mark R. and Graham, Jeannine, "Theology as Science: A Response to "Theology as Queen and Psychology as Handmaid"" (2010). Faculty Publications - Grad School of Clinical Psychology. 200.