I don't necessarily believe so Marsha. I think that no matter whether or not religion played ANY part in an individuals upbringing, environmental factors have the most to do with the outcome [be it a 'static quality' as per your recent descriptor, or a more fluid, transient status] of a person.
People can I believe, be encouraged and with this positive & consistent nurturing, the outcome may [or may not] be adopted to be a more 'productive' being, OR, with equal and opposing discouragement, may [or may not] 'grow' to be a being of lessor I.Q. than in the previous example.
I'll share a brief scenario with you, which you may well have heard many times; a 'zoo' elephant starts its life tethered to a rather proportionately small post. As he grows, he remains [hopefully not full time] tethered to the SAME post. Even though he continues to grow exponentially, he STILL THINKS that he cannot break free of this tiny post, BECAUSE as a 'child' he tried and tried but could not succeed, so continued to BELIEVE that he would never be able to break free of it and so resigns himself to the fact; ACCEPTING that this is the way of things...
PEOPLE are very much like that also; they lose 'faith' [as Kevin touches on] in their own abilities, so fail to explore the outside of the proverbial square [their comfort zone/s].
I once wrote a motivational paper for a leading USA based finance company, and I quote what I believe is an original statement of mine, conceived as a ten or eleven year old child - it went something like this;
'The ONLY limitations one has, are the self-imposed limitations that they place on THEMSELVES...
[Or words to that effect].
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To: moq_focus@moqt... Sent: Wednesday, February 22, 2006 7:27 PM
Subject: Re: [MF] reality: interactions or quality?
But isn't this because people have been indoctrinated since childhood
to think they are incompetent by the very religious institutions that
later claim the moral authority to interpret their experiences?