The first commenter raises a key question. Do fractured families and failed parenting condition the attractiveness of the State-as-Parent metaphor?
A further thought: Does "render to Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and to G-d the things that are G-d's" mean among other things, this? That is, de-libidinize/de-cathect/re-pragmatize the state and power structures, and re-enchant the attitude to one's fellow man and the magnificence of the natural creation.
Sounds wonderful to me. Who's in?
Update: Offline comment from a Friend of the Blog refers us back to this related unwinding of Kairos from Chronos.