Chapter Four: Before Marriage
How spiritual a person is has a major impact on their perspective on the act of sex. At one extreme, an atheist may regard sex as nothing more than a physical act with no significance other than satisfying a physical hunger. On the other extreme, a very spiritual person may regard sex as primarily a sacred act that only incidentally happens to occur in the physical realm. In the center is a balanced position that regards sex as a natural act that includes a spiritual aspect.
The significance that a person attaches to sex influences, and may even control, many of their actions in life: who they're attracted to, who they marry, whether or not they have sex without marriage, their reaction to rape (such as anger or denial), etc.
The significance that a man and woman each attach to sex also has an impact on their suitability as spouses. A man and woman with attitudes at opposite extremes are the least compatible, and this can be a major factor in the early success or failure of a marriage.