Percy Bysshe Shelley is called to stand before the fellows of University College, Oxford, where he is interrogated about his pamphlet The Necessity of Atheism. He refuses to repudiate it in any way, so he is immediately expelled.
At the beginning of The Necessity of Atheism, Shelley writes:
"As a love of truth is the only motive which actuates the Author of this little tract, he earnestly entreats that those of his readers who may discover any deficiency in his reasoning, or may be in possession of proofs which his mind could never obtain, would offer them, together with their objections to the Public, as briefly, as methodically, as plainly as he has taken the liberty of doing."
It does not appear that any of the leaders of University College are able to meet this challenge. Instead of engaging him on the level of ideas, they simple remove him.