The Moral Value of Suffering
No religious system can ignore the moral value of suffering. The error of the builders of Christianity was that they based their religion on the fact of suffering alone, and ignored the moral value of other factors. Yet such a religious system was a necessity to the European mind in order to supplement the beautiful but one-sided Hellenic Ideal. The Greek dream of life was certainly the best, as Goethe says; but it was wanting in the color-element of suffering which was supplied by Christianity.