This is not so much a systematic theology as a proposal or agenda for systematic theology. The author is more interested in comparing trends in historic and contemporary theology than in constructing and detailing out Christian doctrine. He does a good job in explaining different schools of theology, including his own (moderate reformed with heavy Barthian influences), making this a worthwhile read, but new students of systematic theology seeking an actual foundation in doctrine would be better off starting with a standard textbook such as Louis Berkhof's Systematic Theology or Millard Erickson's. (To be honest, in order to do that properly in addition to the comparative work would have doubled the size of the volumes.) For the most part this is a fairly easy read for an academic work. As other reviewers here and elsewhere have noted, the latter few volumes are not as good as the earlier ones. I found the last three--on the Holy Spirit, the church, and eschatology--rather weaker. The eschatology volume in particular exhibited some methodological problems and bordered on incoherence, I'm sorry to say. Still, it's a very good set, and Bloesch deserves wider reading for his contributions to contemporary evangelical theology.