One should always be wary when appeal is made to "the majority of scholars," for it tends to exclude any new idea. Where would Galileo or Darwin have got to if they had bowed to it?And I suppose too that the point should be extended to the reception of new ideas, not just the instigation of those new ideas. Lots of new ideas turn out to be horribly wrong, but it is rarely a good argument against them to appeal to what the majority thinks.
I wonder if it is one of those areas where we allow ourselves to be unduly influenced in our research and writing by the constraints of pedagogy. When we teach, we naturally have to paint a picture of the majority view, even where we disagree with that view. Perhaps our attempts to understand where the majority view is can inadvertently cause us to give value to that view and so to argue as if good scholarship is about counting heads.