Or, a really poor thinker, which is what makes him a poor theologian. Wait, he isn’t a theologian at all. He’s the Pastor of a megachurch, where being a theologian is the last thing anyone wants.
Stanely’s recent remarks about the Virginal Conception (it’s not a Virgin Birth… that’s a biologically nonsensical phrase) of Jesus show that he doesn’t understand Scripture or Christian theology. But that’s to be expected, because the reason he says and does what he says and does isn’t to communicate truth, it’s to draw a crowd.
Stanley is, if I might put it quite crudely, exactly what every other megachurch pastor is- a publicity whore. He craves publicity and is willing to say and do whatever necessary to get it. Even if what he has to say is quite outrageous. But that’s the point, really. That’s what gets attention.
If a Christian asserts classic Christian belief, that’s not news. But if a pretend Christian says that he or she doesn’t believe in God or doesn’t think the Bible is true or theologically meaningful or, around Christmas, that Jesus is just like everyone else, then that gets the news juices flowing.
Attention whores love attention. Andy Stanley is an attention whore, not a theologian. His remarks should be taken in that light.