I’ve had a stab at defining the word hero before, but not to the extent Donald DeMarco does in his article, “Is Christ a Hero?” It’s a really good read that talks about some of the different connotations of the word. Can heroes be evil? Do heroes have to be famous? Here’s a paragraph that sums up his findings. What do you think?
Despite its many shadings, “hero” is still a serviceable term. A hero must stand out among others. His accomplishments must be truly extraordinary. He must triumph against the odds and attain something that is, as one writer puts it, like the “mountains, the highlands of the moral world.” He must be admirable, self-forgetful and firm in the face of danger. He must be prepared to assume grave risks for the benefit of others.