When it comes to certain key academic debates it seems that many scholars are rather hesitant to take a stand. Take for example the question of the genre of the Gospels, a crucial issue for historical Jesus work. The answer to this question has HUGE implications for Jesus research. Yet how many historical Jesus scholars engage this issue in their works and come to a decision about it? Not many.
I was thinking about this today when I came across this quote from G. K. Chesterton: "Impartiality is a pompous name for indifference, which is an elegant name for ignorance." - The Speaker