What is the meaning of sentence, I am confused.

Dare I say there really is a god after all

I am guessing that it is saying: I have dare to say that God is there (not getting meaning of phrase 'after all'). Am I correct?

I got sentence from here

https://forums.xamarin.com/discussion/83761/android-7-0-system-dllnotfoundexception-system-lib-libsqlite-so Just press ctrl+f & search by word 'Dare', you will find it.

Thank you


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The phrase after all refers to some experience or event after which one's attitude, opinion, or belief is opposite the one rather firmly held before the experience. It is a way of saying that the earlier notion has proven wrong.

Let's say that I'm looking for my car keys and my wife suggests that I look for them in the car. "You may have forgotten to take them out" she says. I reply "I know they are not out in the car. I distinctly remember placing them here on the counter." But then I do go outdoors and look in the car, and the keys are there. Then I could say "The keys were in the car after all."

  • Thank you for your example. It is very clear. Could you please shad some light on 'Dare I say...'
    – r15
    Aug 24, 2018 at 12:46
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    @Arvindraja: Dare I say could be paraphrased "Do I take a risk and state, without any sort of hedging or qualification, that ..."
    – TimR
    Aug 24, 2018 at 12:48
  • oh nice. you explained more in less words.
    – r15
    Aug 24, 2018 at 12:51

Dare I say there really is a god after all?

I think that @Michael Rybkin has nailed it. Let me quote him

I was an atheist my entire life and always denied the existence of God, but despite all this, it seems like God does really exist. (because of this miraculous event that happened)

After all means

After all I've said against the existence of God until this moment, this miracoulous situation has proven me wrong.

But also I want you to notice that Stuart, the member of the linked forum, is just expressing happiness because he has "averted a disaster and his application works on all devices". He may be still an atheist. You can use expressions like that or like "oh, my God" or "for Christ sake" without actually believing in any god.

  • @Arvindraja You're welcome. Glad to help :-)
    – RubioRic
    Aug 24, 2018 at 13:26

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