I am not any kind of expert on Baptist history. But It seems like there now are so many different beliefs within those who call themselves Baptist. Not small issues, but genuine distinct substantial differences on doctrine. Does it matter? Does it do the name Baptist harm, or no it makes little difference? Maybe it has always included this much variety, and I am just becoming more aware of it because of this board. It just surprises me that there is so much less of a standard in being a Baptist than I thought there was. I used to think that if you were on vacation and driving down the road, and decided to go to a church for Sunday worship. That you could see a Baptist church, and go there knowing the basic beliefs would be the same. Sure some would be more or less conservative, and there are always different points of view on things like modesty and such. But now I am starting to think you would have almost as high a chance of random Baptist church being as different as picking a church from a different denomination. Most of my life has been spent in attending a Baptist Church. I have also attended for a little time a Christian Missionary Alliance Church and a United Brethren Church. Those two seemed to have much less in difference than much of what I have seen represented here under the Baptist umbrella. I understand as long as a Church believes in the Baptist distinctive, it has every right to call themselves Baptist. But does anyone feel that the name has become less meaningful? Usually you would assume that a Churches distinctives would hold them to some degree of closeness doctrinally speaking, but that really doesn't seem to be the case. Anyway, this is not something I am upset about, or trying to point specific fingers at so please don't misinterpret my questions. I am more curious as to what others feel on the subject. Specifically do others feel Baptist are now growing more different from each other, or has it always been this way? Is this a good or bad thing? Are there things Baptist can start to believe, even if they still adhere to the distinctives, that in reality means they should no longer be considered Baptist? Thanks in advance to your opinions.