I think you have it backwards. The growth of the state in both Europe and the US (economic liberalism) preceded the massive growth of social liberalism we see now. As people came to rely more and more on government, they naturally relied less and less on God or themselves. Until economic conservatives achieve some measure of success in shrinking government, social liberalism will continue to be dominant. Social conservatives need to understand that their ideas will never gain ground while economic liberalism is on the throne. The good news is that economic liberalism is unsustainable. The question is, "Is it possible to shrink government by political means or will it only happen through a total economic collapse?"