I first encountered this argument in the writings of C.S. Lewis.  I conjecture that he got it from G.K. Chesterton.  It (or a related argument) is used by Sir Arthur Balfour,  Descartes,  and Locke,  and, depending on how much one is prepared to read between the lines, the germ of it can perhaps be traced back to Socrates  or to the Hebrew Psalmist. 
Darwin uses an odd variation of it. He declares himself impressed by the arguments for theism, but declines to believe on the ground that his mind, being evolved by Natural Selection from that of a beast, is incompetent to judge whether theism is true. (It does not seem to have occurred to him that he could have replaced the word theism in this conclusion by Darwinism or the name of any other theory whatever.
[Editors notes are in blue.]
 C.S. Lewis, The Case for Christianity (Macmillan 1943),
Supposing there was no intelligence behind the universe, no creative mind. In that case nobody designed my brain for the purpose of thinking. It is merely that when the atoms inside my skull happen for physical or chemical reasons to arrange themselves in a certain way, this gives me, as a bye-product, the sensation I call thought. But if so, how can I trust my own thinking to be true? It's like upsetting a milk-jug and hoping that the way the splash arranges itself will give you a map of London. But if I can't trust my own thinking, of course I cant trust the arguments leading to atheism, and therefore have no reason to be an atheist, or anything else. Unless I believe in God, I can't believe in thought: so I can never use thought to disbelieve in God.
C.S. Lewis, Miracles (Macmillan 1947; 2nd ed. Fontana, Glasgow, 1960), especially
[I recommend that readers who want to follow up on the Lewis version of this argument see Victor Reppert, C.S. Lewiss Dangerous Idea: In Defense of the Argument from Reason (Touchstone Books, 1996).]
On the naturalistic hypothesis, the whole premises of knowledge are clearly due to the blind operation of material causes, and in the last resort to these alone. On that hypothesis we no more possess free reason than we possess free will. As all our volitions are the inevitable product of forces which are quite alien to morality, so all our conclusions are the inevitable product of forces which are quite alien to reason
 René Descartes, Third Meditation, the last fourth thereof.
 John Locke, An Essay Concerning Human Understanding, Book 4, chapter 10, sections 4 and 5.
 Plato, Phaedo, 97c-99c.
 Psalm 94: 910. [Deus ultionum, Psalm 93 in the Catholic numbering.]
 Charles Darwin, Autobiography and Selected Letters, edited by Francis Darwin (Dover, 1958; Appleton, 1892),
While thus reflecting, I feel compelled to look to a First Cause having an intelligent mind ... and I deserve to be called a Theist.... But then arises the doubt can the mind of man, which has, as I fully believe, been developed from a mind as low as that possessed by the lowest animals, be trusted when it draws such grand conclusions? [This passage is quoted fully in Wikipedia and comes from the Autobiography, in a section subheaded Religious Belief
[A version of the argument for free will, on which Kiefers argument for the existence of God depends, may also be found in Immanuel Kants Groundwork for the Metaphysics
[Another writer has written, In Human, All Too Human, Nietzsche points out that since Darwin we are all committed to the proposition that the human mind is simply the result of nature. In this respect, Nietzsche is anticipating the work of the founding father of psychology, Sigmund Freud. The point, explains Nietzsche, is this: if the human mind is simply the result of nature, then all the thoughts in the human mind must be the result of nature, which implies that all morality, art, religion, and even the quest for truth are chance inventions of nature. We have eliminated God, yet not faced up to the implications. (Ian S. Markham Against Atheism: Why Dawkins, Hitchens, and Harris Are Fundamentally Wrong (Oxford: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., 2010), page 33. Markham is the dean and president of Virginia Theological Seminary (Episcopal) and professor of theology and ethics. He does not give a citation for the passage in Nietzsche. Should I find that passage, I shall include a citation
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