Anne Bradley’s article suggests that everyone is (or can be) a “hero” if they are simply obeying God’s word in ordinary circumstances. This eviscerates the common understanding of who is a “hero.”
Colloquially, a hero is someone who displays extraordinary courage or skill to accomplish, or attempt to accomplish, a worthy purpose. In , a hero is defined as “a person noted for courageous acts or nobility of character” and “a person who, in the opinion of others, has special achievements, abilities, or personal qualities and it regarded as a role model or ideal.”
In Hebrews 11, Paul recites a (non-exclusive) list of men and women who exercised faith in unusually challenging circumstances, and though not calling them “heroes,” specially commends them.
If Ms. Bradley is correct, then everyone can be a hero, and consequently, no one is a hero, because no one is extraordinary.