Hopefully, in light of the situation in Kentucky--where a clerk refuses to grant a marriage license to homosexual couples--there will be meaningful discussion of the nature of law, and what makes a law just or unjust.
Eric Hutchinson has an essay on this over at "The Calvinist International" (a great site).
In his Ratio discendi (1522) Melanchthon makes the case for the importance of studying the languages. He writes:
"You must know that languages and literature are from heaven. When in former times the Gospel had to be spread over the whole world, the apostles received the gift of tongues. The same obtains today: the Gospel is reborn and, simultaneously, the study of languages is restored and with its help we learn the Gospel. . . . Eloquence was once dead. Now that God has restored it to life, we must guard the divine gift in every way" (Rummel, 145).
In Erika Rummel's The Humanist-Scholastic Debate in the Renaissance and Reformation, we read this from Melanchthon, who is discussing the nature of education, and the role of humane studies:
"If the humanities have not been taught, what kind of theologians will we create?" Melanchton then says: "but I know how much to attribute to the humanities, lest anyone think I am detracting anything from the Holy Spirit here" (Rummel, 144).