If you are a skeptic did books have anything to do with it? If so, WHY? Philosophy comes from what? You educate yourself how? Do you learn from experience or hear say? Is your mind set in stone?
Can one fall victim to a book just like many with religions?
I suspect the seed for acceptance has to already be planted.
Humans start the social learning process by mimicking their parents or whoever seems to to achieve success, power and admiration. Someone like Jesus, Mohamed or Moses become iconic. The “perfect” individual that everyone wants to be like.
Not so much the book I think as much as the image of the individual behind the book. Certainly the book can support or detract from that idealistic image. I think people get stuck somewhere in the back of their head an image of an ideal person. An idea of a person that has admiration, success, power, whatever the individual possessing that image values.
Books either support that image or attack it. Kind of obvious I think that books or individuals which support it are readily accepted. While books/individuals which attack it are themselves rejected and sometimes demonized.
I always wonder what set of circumstances, what experience put these iconic images in place. They seem very hard to displace. As you say, set in stone.
LOL… Damn actors who play these ideal individuals get the masses to buy crap they don’t really need.