Yes you do.
I guess we should all give up.
To be fair, McGrath's target is Ken Ham, who thinks that any idiot can just pick of the Bible and read it and believe in it.
But I wonder if this is even correct - if the PhD translator could actually produce an adequate text, the rest of us would not need a PhD. But in fact, the translation is never exact.You will not understand the entire Bible without people who have expertise in Hebrew and expertise in Greek. Not just a smattering, not just a copy of Strongâs concordance or an interlinear. In order to get from the Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek text to an understanding in English, you need linguists, experienced translators, and also scholars of history who can clarify cultural and historical references, all involved in the process.
When these individuals have done their job well, you can pick up an English translation, read it, and it will not seem hard to understand at all. Indeed, it may be so deceptively easy that you manage to ignore the hard work that went into producing the text you hold in your hands.