Hegel: The State as God’s Will

Hegel  –  founder of the Hegelian Dialectic

Armed with such a philosophy and with such a philosopher, the modern state would take its divinely appointed stand at the height of history and civilization, as God on earth. Thus, “The modern State, proving the reality of political community, when comprehended philosophically, could therefore be seen as the highest articulation of Spirit, or God in the contemporary world.” The state, then, is a supreme manifestation of the activity of God in the world,” and, “the State stands above all; it is Spirit which knows itself as the universal essence and reality“; and, “The State is the reality of the kingdom of heaven.” And finally, The State is God’s Will.”