Today, the discipline of Theology appears to several more scientifically bent authors as a waste of time. Richard Dawkins attacked Theology as not worth being labeled a discipline.  Yet Theology is not simply for worshiping and praising God. In other words, Theology is not merely the study of God. Theology encompasses a broad range of fields including Philosophy and History. Theology offers a significant viewpoint when any individual considers the deeper questions only Philosophy and History may attempt to answer. And even if one is a skeptic who posits a negative answer to deeper, metaphysical questions in religion, theologians offer them the study useful for delivering that answer.
Many of the most renowned “historians” today in biblical scholarship are theologians such as E.P. Sanders, James D.G. Dunn, and N.T. Wright. Theology often requires its practitioners to specify a focus such as the New Testament or Early Church History. Systematic Theology would be more focused in the philosophical questions, while Historical Theology is self-explanatory.
Historical Theology or any theology that seeks to analyze the history and application of religious texts would be crucial to all who wish to study, for instance, the origins of Christianity. Richard Dawkins ironically turned to Theology when he attempted to dismiss the Bible of historical truth: “Ever since the nineteenth century, scholarly theologians have made an overwhelming case that the gospels are not reliable accounts of what happened in the history of the real world.”  Odd that Dawkins dismissed Theology as a worthless discipline yet implicitly praised Theology when he believed it suited his agenda. Unfortunately, Dawkins was mistaken.  Though nineteenth-century Theology was certainly more skeptical of the Gospels, current theologians would consider the Gospels relatively reliable sources for Jesus.  But as Dawkins does not even wish to grant Theology a province, it is understandable he lacks any knowledge about it. Ironically, his mistaken use of Theology delivers additional support for its use.
Dawkins’s erroneous use of Theology demonstrates why Theology is an important discipline. Even an ardent, skeptical writer as Dawkins desired to use Theology when it was supposedly confirmatory with his beliefs. Theology is more than simply the study of God. Theology is a field everyone must consider once they yearn for an answer to deep, metaphysical questions. Perhaps the answer is, indeed, negative. This is the answer writers like Dawkins would appreciate. But if the answer is negative, only Theology and a handful of other disciplines offer the resources to find the answer. History, Philosophy, and Theology are the areas one should research if they seek information concerning questions like: Who was Jesus, Is the Bible reliable, Is the Qu’ran reliable, Does God exist, Are morals relative or objective, How did the early church evolve, and so forth. Therefore, Theology is not a useless field. In fact, if a religion such as Christianity is correct, Theology is likely more useful than even the sciences.
 Richard Dawkins, The God Delusion, (First Mariner Books, 2008), 202-204, iBooks.
 Richard Dawkins, The God Delusion, 314-315.
 That should be unsurprising when he failed to cite any kind of source to this claim.
 See Craig Evans, “Assessing Progress in the Third Quest of the Historical Jesus,” Journal for the Study of Historical Jesus 4.1 (2006): 35-54.