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  'RE should include Pullman books'
Updated 10 March 2004, 12.33
Philip Pullman
Philip Pullman's controversial His Dark Materials books should be taught in religious studies lessons, according to the Archbishob of Canterbury.

Dr Rowan Williams, head of the Anglican Church, said the books could help kids understand what faith really is.

Many church groups are against the books which say people shouldn't follow religions, but make their own choices.

Dr Williams will take part in a staged public debate about the books with Philip Pullman on Monday.

Archbishop Williams
Archbishop Williams

The Catholic Herald said Pullman's books, which show the church as evil, were "fit for the bonfire."

But Dr Williams said: "To see large school parties in the audience of the Pullman plays is vastly encouraging."

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