I was reading the posts above and was very interested in peoples thoughts, what I am about to share is from my own journey, so I trust it does not offend. I actually came to rewilding mostly via my journey in Christianity. How some might ask?
I read the Bible differently then many, I see it as a guide and stories of what happens when one does not live in a nomadic, rewilded state. Part of humanities first sin, beyond eating the fruit, was not careing for the perfect garden, for if they had, the evil one would have never gotten in and been able to tempt humanity at the tree. From there we see many stories of not living at peace and harmony. The flood? People were destroying each other and nature. Abraham, Lot, Sodom and Gomorrah? Abraham chose to live a nomadic tent dwell. Lot chose to live in cities, which lead to his down fall. (Cities bad, wilderness good.) This continued till the time of Joseph, when due to famine the fled to a city/civilization. This lead to by the time of the next book, being slaves.
The narrative of coming out of Egypt is very much a coming out of civilization and into the wilderness where one is close to Yahweh again. The following books give stories of living in the wilderness an even guidelines for safely living in tent dwelling communities. If one is planting anything, every 7th year let the land rest, and live off the wild of the land again. Even the names for the first 5 books of the Torah, can be translated from the original language "In the Beginning, Departure, He (Yahweh) called, ‘In the Wilderness, This is the Way.’ "
From there one comes to the Prophets and Poetry, which paints nature into the picture majorly, paints a picture of a perfect future earth, where all creatures, humanity, and all the hunters and prey, will stop fighting and live in peace again. Again, we are told, “There is a voice in the Wilderness crying, “Prepare the Way of the Lord (Yahweh)” In the Desert, "Make Staight a Pathway.”
But one might say, that is the Torah, Prophets, and Poetry which Christians call the Old Testament. One has to understand that foundation, to understand where Yeshua (Jesus) came from, one has to understand the narrative he points back to. As all of the Gospels begin, the word echo again, “There is a voice crying in the wilderness, "Prepare the way of the Lord (Yahweh), make straight his pathway in the desert.” We are told Yeshua (literally Yahweh saves) is Emmanuel (the God who dwells with us). He is a king-priest who is of the order of Melchizedek, (the king-priest of Salem (later called Jerusalem) at the time it was nomadic tent city tying back to Abraham who gave his tithe to Melchizedek).
So Yeshua, the nomadic-teacher - who does not have a nest or den , says he is bringing his kingdom here,may happs a peace loving tent city, with a royal priest leading it, is the picture we are given. Then were did the mansions of heaven come from? Yeshua said he was preparing as place for us. Later generations turned that place into mansions.
The early disciples (the followers of Yeshua never once called themselves Christians, in fact everywhere it is used in the New Testament it was a dirogitory term used by those who were outside of the faith) struggled with this neo-nomadic life, having nothing that was there own, but sharing what they had with all in need.
From there things slowly got away from the teachings of Yeshua, until the time of being co-opted by Rome in the 300sAD and used as a tool of the empire to service the breaking down of boarders, at this time the dirogitory term first used as a put down (meaning little Christs) became the name of the faith, Christianity. There were some who recaptured part of it: the Celtic Christians, Francis of Assisi, to name a few.
But how does that effect me? How did that lead me to being a rewilder? In studying the Word, Celtic Christians, and Francis of Assisi, I was brought into the naturalistic wilder side of the faith. I know saddly, those thoughts I present above are not liked by many churches (I have had some issues due to teaching the above in the past). But it has started some dialog along the way, for the better… slow moving forward…
I trust, my thoughts as a follower of Yeshua, who is also a rewilder, adds to the thoughts here. There is so much more I could add, but just touched on the outlines.