You have to read Craig Adams’ post. It is good stuff… but to quote,
“For what is today called historical-critical exegesis is, according to its goal, simply the endeavor to understand the biblical writings — the intention and content of their statements — out of themselves. The doctrine of the clarity of scripture necessarily led to the demand that each theological statement should be based on the historical-critical exposition of scripture.” –From Basic Questions in Theology (Volume 1).
I’m okay with that… you?