The above warning was given to me when I first met Orthodoxy in 1986. Today [2009] it is even more perilous, even more difficult to find the Royal Path. For one thing there is a far greater abundance of misinformation. And many materials are missing, and other materials are being rapidly rewritten. For another thing there are fewer than ever guides remaining on the Royal Path, especially who speak English. Hopefully this website will be a place where Newcomers to the Faith can keep at least one foot on solid ground, while they are "exploring."

blog owner: Joanna Higginbotham


jurisdiction: ROCA under Vladyka Agafangel

who did not submit to the RocorMP union in 2007


30 November 2005


Orthodox Christian Information Center

     Articles for and about the Orthodox Church. Intended primarily for the Orthodox, but includes information for Western Christian inquirers.
     OCIC Web site, one of the largest and oldest sites on Orthodox Christianity. Think of the OCIC as a vast online article repository, with over 700 articles and 6,000 printed pages. This site has been online since 1996 and receives over 36,000 unique visitors per month, according to Google Analytics.

I have been asked why the Orthodox Christian Information Center is not included in my list of safe websites, especially since it has many wonderful articles against renovationism.  The answer is because the OCIC has a doubleness about it - like one foot on each side.  A newcomer could be confused.  Certainly don't avoid the site altogether, but I'm not going to say it is completely safe, either.  One of my concerns is that there are some good articles by renovationists [Schmemann, Hopko, St. Vladimir's Seminary,] and a newcomer could learn to trust those authors and be led astray.

This site seems, as a whole, to lean a little more to the left every year.  With such a large collection of articles, and the many links, unavoidably "rewritten" materials have crept in.

update: March 2014
Today I noticed another article that has been removed from the website, and I decided to make a note of it.  Let this serve as an example of how every year OCIC goes more and more to the left.  These are the kinds of articles that offend world orthodoxy.