I am having the same problem with a theme I recently purchased. I tried the fix stated above but it still made my WordPress site crash.
The theme I have purchased is Fox: http://themeforest.net/item/fox-wordpress-theme/full_screen_preview/3128968
I do my usual steps of creating a new directory "fox-child", then create the stylesheet within that:
Theme Name: fox Child
Description: Child theme for the fox theme
Author: My name
My first assumption of why this wasn't working is because this is what is in the parent themes style.css :
Theme Name: Fox
Theme URI: http://www.luiszuno.com/themes/wp-fox
Description: A gorgeus Retro Style Theme
Author: Luis Zuno
Author URI: http://luiszuno.com
License URI: http://themeforest.net/licenses/regular_extended
Buy this template at http://luiszuno.com/blog/work
/* IMPORT MAIN STYLES */
So all the parent theme's style.css is doing is referencing a css directory within the parent theme with a stylesheet named style.css that starts out like this:
Below these @ imports are a couple hundred lines of generic css.
So that brings me to today... I found this forum about the functions.php issue about this:
$functions_path = get_stylesheet_directory() . '/functions/';
I tried taking the course of action stated above, but this didn't help me either. I am ready to give up on this theme, but I have run into this problem before and would like to learn how to solve it.
Sorry for the long post. Thanks, Nick