Criticism of Christianity.

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      Christianity is a two-thousand-year-old faith based on the life and teachings of Jesus Christ. Criticism of Christianity has been ongoing since the early days of the religion. Several philosophers of the ancient Roman world publicly attacked the new faith in the centuries after its formation. As Christianity grew and the church gained power during the Middle Ages, criticism of the religion was often suppressed by church leaders. The period known as the Enlightenment again opened the door for criticism of Christianity during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Armed with a new focus on secularism and science, critics often framed the debate in the context of reason versus faith. Later critics targeted several aspects of the religion, questioning church history, religious texts, and the fundamental tenets of the faith. Other criticisms have accused the Christian Church of perpetuating violence, corruption, intolerance, and hypocrisy.