one could pay money, get change, and receive a piece of paper with which one got remission of sin. The price is stipulated and there is no indulgence without "alms." That sounds like a sale.
“To say that I am not a "fan" of organized religion is putting it mildly. To be an atheist is almost as arrogant as to be a fundamentalist. But, then again, I can get pretty arrogant.”