Comment: I would say...

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I would say...

...God is the shorthand way of stating the idea that things like Person, Intelligence, Love are fundamental reality -- MORE fundamental than the physical universe.

The idea of 'no God' is shorthand for stating the physical universe (or some quantum mechanical system from which it arises) is fundamental reality and that things like person, intelligence, love are ultimately just illusions from reactions within that physical system.

The former idea of God seems to line up more with the Platonic vision of the 'forms', and I hold to that line of thinking/belief.

Government can manipulate both the idea of 'God' and the idea of 'no God' for various effects; this says nothing about which idea is ultimately true. You'll find blood on the hands of authoritarian atheists and authoritarian theists alike.