The current hot topic in Biblioblogs is about the Resurrection and History, sparked by James McGrath's new book. I haven't read the book, but I read this review, and I liked what David Ker said. I've read McGrath's blog in the past, and we've had some conversation online. I certainly don't agree with his position on the Lord's Resurrection, but I'm not going to debate it. He can think what he wants! ;)
However, I will say this. You can't find a diamond ring in a cracker jacks box. You can't get to China by digging a hole. And you can't find Faith through the historical critical method. At best, you can only find "probably". On this, James and I agree. But here's where I think we may differ.
Although the limits of "probably" should absolutely bind our scholarship, those limits should not always bind our belief. There are many things I cannot prove that I will always believe. For believers, scholarship compliments faith. For unbelievers, scholarship alone will never produce it.