What J. S. White of Sterling wrote to correct what Leon Wieseltier said about our Founding Fathers needs to be corrected [letters, July 25]. To say that "many" of the Founders were deists is incomplete and misleading. At least 50 of these 55 men were Christians, members of one of the established Christian communities at that time. Benjamin Franklin was the only open deist, and he attended every kind of Christian worship, called for public prayer and contributed to all denominations.

The late M. E. Bradford, professor of English at the University of Dallas, documents all of this in his 1982 book about the Framers of the Constitution, "A Worthy Company."

Finally, Mr. White says, incorrectly, that if our Founders "had not rejected the religious authoritarianism of Christianity, it would have been difficult to assert a moral justification for the Revolution" because "it was the Christian God by whose grace King George III claimed the divine right to rule." But it is precisely because most of our Founders believed in the religious authority of Christianity -- believed in the God of the Bible -- that they opposed King George and fought for our independence. Our Founders believed in the divine right of kings only so far as kings obeyed God, which they believed King George did not. This belief that rulers must obey God to be considered legitimate is symbolized, for example, in the motto of the Pennsylvania Society of the Sons of the Revolution: "Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God."

JOHN LOFTON

Laurel