The first rule of hosting is simple: if you have a sidekick then treat him well because he just wants to make you look good.
William Lane Craig flouted that principle on this edition of the Reasonable Faith podcast and poor Kevin Harris suffered as a result.
Here’s the backstory. Craig had just made an observation that Christians sometimes egotistically conclude that God ensured there would be a sunny day just so they could have nice weather for their picnic (or whatever). Kevin, anxious to find examples to illustrate Craig’s point, provides his own case beginning at 7:54 into the podcast, viz. Christians who say that God spared their house from the tornado when all the other neighborhood houses were destroyed.
Rather than agree, or at least say “I see what you mean” or something else friendly, Craig replies flat out by saying “I don’t see anything the matter with that.”
At that point poor Kevin loses his footing and is left for the next minute trying to find a way to agree with Craig. He finally finds a way at 9:07 when he jumps in with a “That’s right! I can’t imagine….”
From there the seas grow smooth once again and the good ship Reasonable Faith sails smoothly for the remainder of the podcast. But for about 80 seconds the host/sidekick relationship was unduly strained and all because Craig didn’t observe the first cardinal rule of hosting.