Coleridge saw and welcomed the steady progress of scientific thought though it seemed to threaten the traditional defences of faith. As poet and philosopher, he turned instead to the subjective human experience of God as the foundation of mind, encountered within the self. God might thus be discovered in moments of intuition, in dreams, or in awareness of thought. This subjective experience was of an underlying unity, and through this the God within is also found to be the necessary ground of the natural world. Thus religion was delivered from irrelevance and science from a purely mechanistic understanding of the universe.