"was it not my duty to cut him off, and save the elect?"
Portrait of Thomas More, 1527
Public DomainPortrait of Thomas More, 1527 - Credit: Hans Holbein the Younger
Given that the elect are by definition already saved, it might seem that this is a contradiction which Robert fails to pick up on. It is, however, a paradox which has historical antecedents. In Geneva, Calvin’s doctrines gained such a hold that a decree was passed forbidding anyone from criticising his Institutes. Numerous people who did not share his harsh beliefs were executed for their sacrilege. The spread of the Reformers’ ideas into Britain likewise brought Catholic persecution with it. Thomas More is perhaps its most famous martyr.

The annual burning of Guy Fawkes is a relic of the anti-Catholic sentiment of Reformation Britain
Creative Commons Attribution Share AlikeThe annual burning of Guy Fawkes is a relic of the anti-Catholic sentiment of Reformation Britain - Credit: Andrew Dunn