The INSIGHT Difference
While many Christian programs provide discipleship and personal ministry training, Insight teaches students to think critically and biblically in all dimensions of life, from personal Bible study to international politics. Insight does not provide easy answers but often raises difficult questions, encouraging students to engage intellectually and consider multiple perspectives, and providing them with the core knowledge to do so.
Core knowledge is the foundational knowledge needed before true understanding of a subject can take place. It forms the framework, or grid, into which future learning fits and makes sense. There are seven core aspects of the Insight curriculum:
The backbone of the Insight curriculum is history, beginning with an exploration of the origins of the universe and culminating with analysis of current events. History is the framework; God’s purpose in history is the focus.
Insight’s heartbeat is mission. It would be impossible to study God’s work throughout history without learning about his heart for all peoples. In many aspects, Insight is an undergraduate expansion of the themes of the Perspectives on the World Christian Foundation course, exposing students to the Biblical basis for mission, mission history, principles of cross-cultural communication, and current mission strategy.
Sociological and anthropological realities are the framework through which students explore the rise, development, and interaction of societies around the world. These studies include: beliefs, customs, language, politics, philosophy, literature, economics, ethics, science, technology, geography, and many other subjects. The curriculum integrates original writings from ancient days to the present, with special focus on the history, outreach, and spread of Judaism and Christianity.
The impact of worldviews on society and ethics, both globally and historically, is a key focus of the curriculum. Studies follow the origin, development, and influence of religion, including an overview of primitive religions, the occult, animism, polytheism, tribal religions, Eastern religions, Hinduism, Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, Taoism, Shintoism, and the philosophical or atheistic worldviews. Insight students also analyze secular and modern philosophies, such as Confucianism, Deism, Naturalism, Nihilism, Existentialism, Pantheism, Monism, Humanism, Darwinism, Marxism, Utopianism, Materialism, Liberation Theology, Feminism, New Age, Post-modernism, and various cults.
During Insight, students study through the entire Old and New Testament chronologically. In the process they learn about the development and reliability of the Bible, inductive Bible study methodology, hermeneutics, use of study helps, theology, apologetics, evangelism, and missiological and personal application. Students read excerpts from the most influential historical writings on Christian thought and explore opposing viewpoints.
In many ways, the books and articles of Insight are the professors. Insight requires intensive reading and interaction with the authors through their texts. Discussion leaders facilitate understanding by fostering comparison and synthesis of the daily assigned readings. This requires students to process the information they are learning, compare it to other perspectives, and be able to support their own view using sound logic and effective communication.
Throughout the course, students develop skills in logic, debate, critical thinking, writing, oral communication, non-verbal communication, and language acquisition, with special emphasis on communicating effectively in cross-cultural relationships.