"Joshua Mitchell looks at what everyone else is looking at and sees what no one else sees. It's an extraordinary gift, and thanks to it this book amounts to a kind of key to the times we are living in. It reveals that the problems we face run even deeper than we might imagine, but also highlights some surprising reasons for hope."
"American Awakening is a tour de force, the sort of book that forever changes the way one looks at the subject. It is the most important book on American politics of the past several years. Joshua Mitchell argues persuasively that America's political crisis has a religious origin, and that the extremes of identity politics are an expression of a dislodged Protestantism. This is a bold and deeply convincing alternative to conventional thinking that combines a subtle grasp of theology with profound insights into American political process and deep knowledge of history. So skillful a writer is Mitchell that the reader has the sense of remembering something that was always known, while learning something that was never imagined."