I discovered a link to a 2002 Touchstone Magazine article while digging around the comments on Doug Wilson's blog. The article is entitled "Our Food From God" and is a Christian perspective on factory farms.
This is the best and most comprehensive Christian perspective I've seen regarding the un-Christian treatment of animals in factory farms. I commend the piece to you.
This isn't the most pressing issue in the church by any means, but it is symptomatic of the church's pragmatism and indifference to matters of Christian ethics--which is one of the most pressing issues in the church. Christians are called to live as Christians. Treating animals without regard to the manner in which they were created, or without regard to the manner in which God demands us to relate to them is "nothing less than contempt for the God who created them."
Also of note is a book review by the same writer of this article, also at Touchstone. The book is entitled Dominion: The Power of Man, the Suffering of Animals, and the Call to Mercy. I've added it to my reading list.
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