It is significant that the declining belief in God among early 19th-century German intellectuals was accompanied by an increasing emphasis on the state. The same is observable in America today—a marked decline in the influence of religion since World War I has been accompanied by a huge increase in state power. Not surprisingly, as people lose sight of life’s higher meaning they rely more and more on the state, which becomes a substitute for God.
Joseph Keysor, “Hitler, the Holocaust, and the Bible,” pg. 275