25 February 2008

Compassionate / Christian / Carnivore

A few years ago my father-in-law recommended Robin Cook’s Toxin. After reading the novel’s horrific tale of animal cruelty and processing of diseased beef, I was unable to eat meat for a full four hours . . . which is saying something for me. The recent images of Hallmark Meat Company workers abusing cattle brought a sobering reality to Cook’s book. It’s difficult to watch the video footage without second-guessing the merits of being a carnivore. I love tasty meat, but who could stomach that?

I just read an article by one of my favorite theologians, Greg Boyd. While I have not taken the step of becoming a vegetarian, he has a powerful take on the Christian's call to response concerning abuse in the factory farm industry. Check it out here.