"she is equally in the dark as to her soul, its present depravity and future destiny"
Adam and Eve expelled from Paradise (1551/2)
Public DomainAdam and Eve expelled from Paradise (1551/2) - Credit: Tintoretto

A central tenet of Puritan belief was the doctrine of total depravity. This stated that all of humanity, cursed by the fall of Adam and Eve, was born into a state of sin. No amount of faith or virtuous living was sufficient to atone for this. Only through God’s grace could a person hope to be saved.