We tend to allow our traditions to influence how we understand the bible. Is this the right approach? The Roman Catholic Church is very up front about this in thier belief system but for some reason most Protestant, Reformed, and Restorationist Churches do not. Even going as far to say that tradition has no place.
I find this to be a false claim that is made. It would be like saying that you can be completely objective on any given subject. This is an impossibility. The best we can do is recognize our presuppositions and understand what they are and how they influence us.
To just give lip service to a doctrine is to make yourself feel better in light of the caricature you have created for those you disagree with.
Everyone has a tradition that influences them in regards to the bible. Even and especially Atheists and anti-theists.