According to this article, a shift has occurred in how justification is viewed. The rise of the so-called New Perspective on Paul led to justification being viewed more in corporate terms. What is the place of the individual in Paul's view of justification? Hassler believes that the case that Paul was not really interested in “inner tensions of individual souls and consciences” has been overstated. He wants renewed emphasis on treating justification as a personal experience of forgiveness and deliverance from a sense of guilt. The thesis of the article is that the case for Jewish legalism need to be rethought. This will actually affirm a strong individual element in justification.
Source: Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society, 2011. 17 pages.