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.